Martellus Bennett claimed off waivers by Patriots

Martellus Bennett claimed off waivers by Patriots

After being waived by the Packers, Bennett was claimed by the Patriots just three days before they will face the Broncos (via Patriots Wire).

Bennett signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent last offseason and started seven games.

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The medical condition reportedly cited by the Packers was a shoulder injury that kept Bennett out of Monday night's loss to the Lions. Bennett had 55 catches and seven touchdowns for New England last season, and could complement Rob Gronkowski in two tight end formations. The team signed running back LeGarrette Blount following his release from the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2014 season. He had 24 catches for 233 yards. No corresponding move for Bennett has been announced yet. Things didn't work out exactly as expected but rejoining the Patriots puts him squarely back in the top 12 tight end conversation. Unfortunately, it didn't last long as Gronkowski missed the entire second half of the season, including the Super Bowl run.

During the bye week, Bennett posted on Instagram that he was "pretty sure" he would retire at the end of the 2017 season.

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Martellus Bennett had recently indicated that this could be his final National Football League season.

During the season opener against Seattle, Bennett was one of three players who knelt for the national anthem. To everyone who has poured themselves and time into my life and career.

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Bennett joins a Patriots team that could use more weapons for Tom Brady. When Bennett was traded to the Patriots, in 2016, everyone seemed excited for the Gronk-Bennett combo.

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