New England Patriots claim former Green Bay Packers tight end off waivers

GREEN BAY WI- JANUARY 8 Jared Cook

On Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers announced their decision to part ways with Martellus Bennett.

He started his 10th National Football League season with the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers cited a "failure to disclose a physical condition" for making the move. He has a shoulder injury that kept him out of the Packers' most recent game and two weeks of practice.

He didn't play in the 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions after being listed as doubtful for the game. During that same span, Bennett produced just 24 receptions on 38 targets en route to 233 yards and zero touchdowns while his time in Green Bay was marred by both struggles on the field and injuries. Bennett is due $423,529 for the rest of the season.

Details surrounding Bennett's release are already murky, and they're going to get murkier. The working relationship lasted only eight games.




During the season opener against Seattle, Bennett was one of three players who knelt for the national anthem. "There's a number of opinions that he's working through", McCarthy said of the 30-year-old Bennett.

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.

No other tight end on the Patriots roster has more than three catches this season.

Fellow tight ends Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers will be in line for additional snaps with the absence of Bennett.

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