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New England Patriots Claim Tight End Martellus Bennett on Waivers

10 November, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Instant Analysis: New England Patriots Bring Back Martellus Bennett

Former Packers' TE Martellus Bennett claimed on waivers by the New England Patriots, per source.

Assuming Bennett, who has been battling a shoulder injury this fall, is healthy enough to contribute down the stretch in 2017 (there is no reason to believe he won't be), the Patriots will have an abundance of riches at the tight end position.

The Packers cut Bennett Wednesday after he failed to properly disclose an injury. He did not play in the 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions. Previous year with the Patriots he had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns.


The NFC North team has chose to waive the tight end which they signed to a three-year, $21 million contract back in March because he failed to disclose a medical condition. In his seven games for the green and gold, he had 24 catches for 233 yards. These next games are for you.

The injury would have kept him out of Sunday's game at Chicago, which is where Bennett calls home after spending the 2013 through 2015 seasons with the Bears. If the Patriots don't pick up a $2 million bonus early in the 2018 league year, Bennett would become a free agent again, and the Patriots wouldn't have any commitments on their salary cap, which also likely contributed to the team claiming him. Both have had 50-catch seasons. Hollister has three receptions for 37 yards.

"This is a clear issue of the Packers and Martellus Bennett not being on the same page, really from A to Z", NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Wednesday. For the time being, his departure leaves the Packers with two tight ends, Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers, on their roster.

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