Sources: Patriots claim veteran TE Martellus Bennett off waivers

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have claimed veteran tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers.

Bennett, who was waived by the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday, played for the Patriots in 2016. He had 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns, playing an integral role in the team’s Super Bowl championship season.

Martellus Bennett should provide Patriots a needed boost in red zone

Claiming old friend Martellus Bennett off waivers is a low-risk move that helps address one of the Patriots’ troubling shortcomings.


  • McCarthy won’t link Bennett cut to retirement

    Martellus Bennett’s surprising announcement last month that he would likely retire after the season did not directly relate to the Packers’ decision to release the tight end, according to coach Mike McCarthy.

  • The Packers waived him with the designation that he failed to disclose a physical condition.

    During the Packers’ bye week, Bennett said on social media that he was “pretty sure” he would retire after this season, then was sidelined with a shoulder injury following the

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