Bennett Retires

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, newly-minted Ravens receiver Drew Bennett is going to retire after only two days in the purple and black.

Bennett worked out for Ravens brass on Friday, separating himself enough from the three other candidates that he was offered a one-year contract.

But the free-agent wideout, who missed nearly all of the 2008 campaign with a broken foot, cited a knee injury as the reason for his retirement.

"After returning home from Baltimore this weekend, a previous knee injury flared up, making me realizing that I am unable to play another NFL season," Bennett said in a statement from his agent. "Therefore, I have decided to retire from the National Football League. I want to thank coach [John] Harbaugh, offensive coordinator [Cam] Cameron and [general manager] Ozzie Newsome for offering me the opportunity to be a part of their outstanding organization, and apologize to them for this unfortunate situation.

"The Ravens are a first-class organization that I was truly excited to join. After an offseason of workouts and rehab, I thought I was ready to play again, but it became apparent over this weekend that while my mind is willing, my body will not be able to make it through another NFL season. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to play in the NFL for as long as I have, but it is time for me to move on to the next chapter in my life."

Schefter first reported the news on his Twitter page on Sunday.

Bennett, 6-foot-5, 196 pounds, was signed to bolster a receiving corps that found itself thin after Derrick Mason' sudden retirement two weeks ago.

Mason led the Ravens with 80 receptions for 1,037 yards last year, but decided to put an end to his 12-year career with a brief announcement on a Web site whose domain name is owned by his agent.

The Ravens have maintained that they are comfortable with the crop of receivers already in-house. Without Bennett or Mason, Baltimore's top wideouts are Mark Clayton, Demetrius WilliamsMarcus Smith*and Kelley Washington*.  

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