Pro Bowl TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement from NFL

Martellus Bennett has announced his retirement from football. The 31-year-old tight end posted the news in a clever illustration on Twitter Friday.

“I’ve decided to move on from the world of football and into the fantastical and wondrous world of creativity,” Bennett wrote. “I’m beginning what I believe to be my life’s work.”

Bennett played 10 seasons in the NFL for the Cowboys, Packers, Patriots, Giants and Bears. He caught 433 passes for 4,573 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Manziel last played in a game on Dec. 27, 2015, near the end of his second season with the Cleveland Browns. The Browns released him in March 2016, and he plunged into a two-year spiral of substance abuse that he often chronicled on social media. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has been treated for depression.

NFL teams are opening their offseason programs this month. CFL training camps start May 16 for rookies, and the league’s regular season begins June 14.

Realistically, Manziel has about a month to decide whether to hold out for an NFL job or make a two-year commitment (the minimum, according to CFL rules) to the Tiger-Cats. If it’s the latter, he wouldn’t be eligible to play in the NFL until November 2019 at the earliest.

When told of Kanter’s comment, James replied: “I’m the King, my wife is the Queen and my daughter is the Princess. So we got all three covered.”

Not to Kanter’s way of thinking. “We’ve already got a king; it’s Kristaps Porzingis,” Kanter said. “Sorry about that.”

James had 26 points, six rebounds and 11 assists, but may have made his biggest statement in Monday’s 123-109 win by letting his shoes do the talking.

Jarrett Jack scored 18 points and Kyle O’Quinn had 15 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and four blocks for the Knicks, who beat Miami 122-98 on Friday but fell short in their hopes of beating another playoff-bound team.

The Knicks were without Tim Hardaway Jr. (sprained left ankle), Enes Kanter (lower back, right wrist) and Emmanuel Mudiay (concussion). Michael Beasley started after leaving Friday’s game with a bruised left knee.

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