Patriots

Martellus Bennett responds to critics, asks if they would be willing to take a pay cut

"And stop @'ing me about taking less money."

Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett celebrate during the Patriots' Super Bowl victory parade earlier this month. Billie Weiss / Getty Images

Following reports he might leave the New England Patriots, tight end Martellus Bennett turned the question around on those asking him to stay for less money: Would they take a pay cut at their jobs?

Bennett also characterized the reporting on his impending free agency decision as “irresponsiblespeculation and dismissed a Twitter user’s accusation that he was basking in the attention.

“All I’m saying is cut your own grass don’t be all in my garden f[—]ing with my fruit while weeds are growing all over yours,” he vented, before ending the series of tweets on a note of well wishes.

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After being traded to the Patriots in the final year of his contract last year, Bennett made 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2016 regular season. With fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski sidelined due to injury, the newcomer also played a key role in the team’s Super Bowl run.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that it was a “real possibility” that Bennett leaves the Patriots this offseason, as the team is unwilling to pay him a salary over Gronkowski’s $9 million annual figure. Bennett reportedly made just over $5 million this past season.