Patriots Releasing TE Martellus Bennett

     

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Patriots are releasing TE Martellus Bennett on Wednesday.

This doesn’t come as a big surprise, as Bennett was due a $2 million roster bonus next week and there had already been talk be could be released this offseason.

Mike Reiss points out that this move will create about $6 million in salary cap space for the Patriots and bring their cap space to around $23 million.

Bennett, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2008. He was entering the second year of his three-year, $21 million contract and set to make a base salary of $5.65 million for the 2018 season.

The Packers elected to waive Bennett with a failure to disclose medical condition designation last year and he was later claimed off of waivers by the Patriots before eventually being placed on injured reserve.

In 2017, Bennett appeared in nine games and caught 30 passes for 286 yards receiving and no touchdowns for the Packers and Patriots.