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The most underpaid veteran on the Packers

The value he brings to the team deserves more attention

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The most underpaid veteran on the Green Bay Packers is Martellus Bennett, according to The Ringer

The website argues this even on the heels of Bennett's healthy three-year, $21 million contract he signed with the Packers this offseason. 

So why is Bennett undervalued? First, take a look at his average annual contract and his total guaranteed money in comparison with league tight ends:

Contract: A three-year, $21 million contract signed in March 2017 

Average annual value: $7 million (tied for 12th among TEs) 

2017 salary and bonuses: $8.05 million (3rd among TEs) 

Total guaranteed at signing: $6.3 million (23rd among TEs)

"Bennett’s deal in Green Bay pays out a good amount of money in year one, but the average annual value and total guarantees are middling — a strange place for a top-10 tight end. The 30-year-old pass catcher is coming off a season in New England in which he finished tied for 14th among all tight ends in catches (55), ninth in receiving yards (701), tied for third in touchdowns (seven), ninth in yards per route run (1.96), and third in both DYAR and DVOA, per Football Outsiders. Bennett led all tight ends (minimum 20 targets) with an 84 percent catch rate, finished third in yards after the catch per reception (7.5) per Pro Football Focus, and was tops among all qualified tight ends in broken tackles per touch rate (24.6 percent) per Football Outsiders, breaking 14 tackles on 57 touches. He’s great by nearly every metric — there should be little doubt he’s going to thrive catching passes from Aaron Rodgers."

 

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Source: The Ringer · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency