If they want it, the Patriots may have a chance to rekindle a fruitful relationship with tight end Martellus Bennett. The Packers released Bennett yesterday with a “failure to disclose physical condition” designation. He is subject to waivers until 4 p.m. today, so 31 teams have the option of placing a claim on Bennett and inheriting the balance of his three-year, $21 million contract. Bennett was an integral member of the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI championship squad, as he filled in nicely when Rob Gronkowski suffered a season-ending back injury. Bennett caught 55 passes for 701 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns in 16 games, and he was a valued blocker despite dealing with ankle, knee and shoulder injuries. Bennett wanted to cash in last offseason in what figured to be his last crack at free agency, and the Patriots were wary of giving him the long-term deal the Packers offered, which led to a respectful parting of ways. But Bennett was obviously viewed as a whiff by the Packers, and his production dipped after quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone.
A reunion with Martellus Bennett could be in play
Boston Herald | Nov 9