Martellus Bennett claimed off waivers by New England Patriots

Martellus Bennett claimed off waivers by New England Patriots

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is playing Go Fish while the rest of the National Football League is showing their hand.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots have claimed former Green Bay Packers TE Martellus Bennett off of waivers.

Bennett signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent last offseason and started seven games. That could allow the team to try to recoup about $4.2 million, which would be the prorated portion still left on the $6.3 million signing bonus the Packers gave him this year in free agency as part of a three-year, $21 million contract.

The New England Patriots are bringing an old friend back into the fold. Things didn't work out exactly as expected but rejoining the Patriots puts him squarely back in the top 12 tight end conversation.

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Details surrounding Bennett's release are already murky, and they're going to get murkier.

For eight more regular season games and a chance to chase another Super Bowl ring with a team he said was one of his favorites to play for - and transitioning from catching passes from Brett Hundley to Brady - motivation shouldn't be a problem for Bennett. During that same span, Bennett produced just 24 receptions on 38 targets en route to 233 yards and zero touchdowns while his time in Green Bay was marred by both struggles on the field and injuries. It's unclear, though, if Bennett will play on "Sunday Night Football" this week.

No other tight end on the Patriots roster has more than three catches this season. Last year, the prospect of seeing the Patriots deploy the duo of Gronkowski and Bennett was exciting for Patriots fans.

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