Patriots Claim TE Martellus Bennett Off Waivers From Packers

The New England Patriots have claimed TE Martellus Bennett off of waivers from the Packers on Thursday, according to Adam Schefter.

As soon as the news broke that Bennett had been waived, many pointed to the Patriots as the obvious landing spot for him, considering that he put together a solid year in New England last season.

While Bennett signed a sizable contract with the Packers this offseason, the Patriots will owe him just $423,529 in base salary for the rest of the year, considering that most of his compensation has been paid out in the form of a signing bonus.

Of course, it’s possible the Packers could go after some of this money after they waived him with the failure to disclose medical condition designation, but there have been no indications of this up to this point.

Bennett previously announced (NFLTR) via his Instagram account that he plans to finish out the 2017 season and possibly retire from the NFL, so that’s something to keep an eye on after the season is out.

Bennett, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2008. He’s currently in the first year of his three-year, $21 million contract and stands to make base salaries of $3.6 million and $5.65 million over the next two years of the agreement.

The Packers elected to waive Bennett with a failure to disclose medical condition designation on Wednesday.

In 2017, Bennett has appeared in seven games and caught 24 passes for 233 yards receiving and no touchdowns for the Packers.

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