Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Martellus Bennett reportedly claimed by Patriots after release by Packers

Martellus Bennett's short stay in Green Bay is over Packers TE Bennett waived, considers retirement
Rita Gibson | 10 November, 2017, 00:24

The New England Patriots have claimed veteran tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers, a league source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. New England claimed Bennett off waivers from the Packers on Thursday. He had 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns, playing an integral role in the team's Super Bowl championship season.

The tight end signed with the Packers this past offseason as a free agent to a three-year, $21 million contract with a $6.3 million signing bonus. He made news during Green Bay's bye week when he announced he was planning to retire at the end of the 2017 season.

It's a solid move - assuming Bennett is healthy enough with his injured shoulder - that helps address one of the Patriots' troubling shortcomings: red zone offense (34 trips, just 17 touchdowns).

Bennett was inactive during the Packers' Monday night loss to Detroit. Bennett is due $423,529 for the rest of the season.

Bennett was released with the designation that he failed to disclose a physical condition.

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The working relationship lasted only eight games. He had 24 receptions for 233 yards with Green Bay, but has missed the past two weeks with a shoulder injury. These next games are for you. Bennett followed a similar path, only his pitstop was in Green Bay.

Bennett does come with some concerns.

During the season opener against Seattle, Bennett was one of three players who knelt for the national anthem.

Fellow tight ends Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers will be in line for additional snaps with the absence of Bennett.

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