Bennett adapting just fine to his surroundings in Green Bay


Bennett adapting just fine to his surroundings in Green Bay

When Martellus Bennett signed with the Packers as a free agent this offseason, he had agreed to a three-year deal worth $21 million in a market smaller than any other he'd been before. 

Green Bay is a long way from Dallas, New York, Chicago and New England. Yet Bennett has no plans of fading into the background with his new club. Instead, the self-proclaimed "chameleon" is fitting right in with his new surroundings. 

He's milked cows. He's traipsed through manure. He's been to a local brewery. (Though he says he doesn't drink beer and only know how it tastes because Rob Gronkowski poured some on his head during the Super Bowl parade in Boston.)

And he's getting along with just about everyone.

"If I don’t like you," Bennett's quoted as saying in a recent Bleacher Report profile, "something’s probably wrong with you. I am who I am."

That's the approach Bennett took during his one season with the Patriots in 2016. He told BR's Tyler Dunne that he knew teammates viewed him as a bit of an oddball at times -- "how many NFL players are inviting you to Comic-Con or breaking down interior design with your wife?" Dunne wrote -- but he was on time for work and felt he provided the team with a spark.

"I just try to create an environment," Bennett said, "where we kick ass but we laugh after we do it. Like ‘Ha ha ha, mother******! … People can say what they want to say about me, but if I was a terrible, horrible person, I wouldn’t be in the NFL for 10 years. People say all kinds of crazy s*** to me. Twitter. In the media. People think I’m a bad teammate, but I’ve never been a bad teammate."

You certainly won't hear that from anyone in the Patriots locker room after Bennett shouldered the load at tight end last season despite dealing with knee and ankle issues for much of the season. Those ailments led to lapses at times, which Bennett admitted, but he performed well enough for Tom Brady to trust him in the most critical moments of the season.

Bennett caught five passes on six targets for 62 yards in Super Bowl LI, and he drew a pass-interference penalty in overtime that put the Patriots on the 2-yard line, which eventually led to James White's game-winning score.

Report: Brady expects to visit White House with Patriots on Wednesday

Report: Brady expects to visit White House with Patriots on Wednesday

Tom Brady is expected to visit the White House with the Patriots on Wednesday, when they’ll be honored by President Donald Trump for winning their fifth Super Bowl title, Politico reports. 

The political news website reported it in the fifth item of their daily playbook column.

Several of Brady's teammates and former teammates -- Devin McCourty, LeGarrette Blount, Dont’a Hightower, Martellus Bennett, Alan Branch and Chris Long -- have said they won’t be going.

Brady did not attend the team’s visit with President Barack Obama after their 2014 Super Bowl victory, citing a previous family commitment. 

Bennett goes after NFL for 'educational' video on celebrations

Bennett goes after NFL for 'educational' video on celebrations

Martellus Bennett’s personality was on full display in his one year in New England. Upon hearing the NFL is trying to scale back personality during games, he wasn’t happy. 

The Packers tight end sent out a number of tweets directed at the NFL after executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent announced the league was developing an “educational video” to show players what kinds of celebrations are appropriate and inappropriate. 

Bennett’s rant initially began with him saying that the league was wasting its money and that it would be better spent on “something that will help the players.”

“Who gives a [expletive] what they do when they celebrate?” he added.