Patriots claim TE Martellus Bennett off waivers

Patriots claim TE Martellus Bennett off waivers

Similar to when they claimed wide receiver Michael Floyd off waivers late last season, the New England Patriots have struck again by claiming veteran tight end Martellus Bennett on Thursday.

When the 2016 season ended, the Patriots seemed content to move on from Bennett, who was an unrestricted free agent.

The Packers cited a "failure to disclose a physical condition" for making the move.

Bennett was notably waived by the Packers earlier in the week while never reaching the open market as New England has reportedly executed a reunion. Blount became the go-to back in the Patriots' Super Bowl run that season, including a 148-yard game in the AFC Championship.

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He said in the post a few weeks ago: "After conversations with my family I'm pretty sure these next 8 games will be the conclusion of my National Football League career". Still, there's little reason to doubt the 30-year-old's ability going forward-strange stint in Green Bay aside.

Bennett might not be quite as productive in 2017 with Gronkowski still healthy and his role decreased, but adding Bennett was a no-brainer for the Patriots who elected to stand pat at the trade deadline despite some apparent needs.

In seven games this season, Bennett has 24 catches for 233 yards and no touchdowns. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport also reported the news. He has yet to catch a pass this season. 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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