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Michael Lombardi on OMF: If healthy, Martellus Bennett can help Patriots

Greg Levinsky
November 10, 2017 - 12:53 pm

Former Patriots executive Michael Lombardi joined Ordway, Merloni and Fauria to discuss Martellus Bennett's transaction and odd situation in Green Bay. To listen to the full interview, visit OMF's audio on demand page. 

Bennett apparently has a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum and has not practiced in two weeks.

"Those are hard things to figure out, I've seen guys play through this injury," Lombardi said. "There's a lot of missing parts in this story, but obviously the Patriots think they can help him."

Lombardi said the Packers will file a grievance in order to try and recollect the $6.3 million signing bonus they gave Bennett. His base salary this season will be take on by the Patriots, but Green Bay will file a grievance directly on Bennett.

"These are hard to win from a club stand point," Lombardi said.

Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy said the last conversation he had with Bennett was about having surgery. Now, he's ready to play for New England.

"Most people are going to think this is collusion and tampering," Lombardi said. "No, this is a legal issue to protect the Packers. This is what they have to do to move forward with their case."

Bennett knows the play book and can certainly help alongside Rob Gronkowski. 

"Dwayne Allen has not been effective," Lombardi said. "They need to have two tight ends and have somebody who can help Gronk. Allen was supposed to do that and I think that Bennett, if healthy, can."

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