In need of some more offensive firepower and red zone help, thethe New England Patriots claimed Martellus Bennett off waivers Thursday, bringing back the fun-loving tight end after a successful season with the Patriots in 2016. That deal contained a signing bonus of $6.3m, of which Bennett was to receive $2.1m at the beginning of each season.
Bennett signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Packers this offseason. After all, he would win his first-ever Super Bowl last season.
Per the league's transaction wire, Bennett was cut with the Packers citing a "failure to disclose a medical condition" as the reason for his release. That led the Patriots to trade for tight end Dwayne Allen of the Indianapolis Colts, a move that hasn't produced the expected results. He missed the Packers' Monday night game versus the Detroit Lions due to a shoulder injury and was ruled out for Green Bay's Week 10 duel with the Chicago Bears. He will now be teammates again with Rob Gronkowski, a fellow Pro Bowler. Bennett was clearly banged up with injuries by the end of the season but showed toughness by plowing through them to keep playing.
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Martellus Bennett was released by the Green Bay Packers yesterday, and it didn't take him long to find a new team - who happens to be an old one. These next games are for you. The only other Patriots tight end with a reception this season is rookie Jacob Hollister, with three catches.
The bottom line is this: The Patriots just improved their team and Bennett, assuming good health, just landed in a situation that should be more to his liking.