Bill Belichick strikes again. On Thursday afternoon, the New England Patriots claimed former Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers.
Former Packers’ TE Martellus Bennett claimed on waivers by the New England Patriots, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 9, 2017
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 9, 2017
Bennett was released by the Packers on Wednesday afternoon after seven disappointing games with a failure to disclose an injury designation. He signed a three-year, $21 million contract with Green Bay during free agency this offseason after playing a key role in the Patriots’ run to the Super Bowl 51 title in 2016.
In typical Belichick fashion, the legendary coach chose to let Bennett, 30-years-old, walk and chase the biggest contract he could find, despite the integral role he played in filling in for All-Pro Rob Gronkowski, who missed most of the season with a back injury, in New England’s offense in last fall.
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 suddenly have an abundance of riches at the tight end position.
They will have a trio of veterans with Pro Bowl ability in Gronkowski, Bennett, and Dwayne Allen, an offseason acquisition from the Indianapolis Colts.
By claiming Bennett off waivers, the Patriots will take over the contract he signed with the Packers last March.
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