Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett has been fined $9,115 by the NFL following an unnecessary penalty he committed against Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright during last Sunday’s season opener.
The fine comes from a play in which Bennett took exception to a hit on quarterback Aaron Rodgers and was attempting to stick up for his new signal caller, a train of thought that he explained after the game.
In his first game as a member of the Packers’ franchise, Bennett hauled in three receptions for 43 yards, while receiving six targets. He signed with the team on a three-year, $21 million deal back in March, having arrived after a single season with the New England Patriots.
During that single year, he won the first Super Bowl ring of his career. He finished the season with 55 receptions for 701 yards and a career-high seven touchdown catches, appearing in all 16 regular-season games.
Now in his 10th NFL season, Bennett has learned the art of protecting his quarterback. Having played for some of the game’s premier stars in Tony Romo, Eli Manning, Tom Brady and now Rodgers, Bennett wanted to establish the sort of defense he has for his newest QB.
He will not be suspended for the incident, but merely fined, allowing him to play this Sunday when the team travels to take on the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta ended Green Bay’s season last year in the NFC Championship Game, with the green and yellow looking for a modicum of revenge.