Patriots Claim TE Martellus Bennett Off Waivers

Martellus Bennett's short stay in Green Bay is over

Packers Cut Martellus Bennett, But Don't Bank On Patriots Reunion

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.

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