Martellus Bennett back with Patriots

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The Patriots and tight end Martellus Bennett parted ways this offseason when Bennett signed with the Packers as a free agent.

Bennett’s time in Green Bay came to an end on Wednesday when the Packers waived him with a failure to disclose injury designation. That left him available for any team willing to take on his contract, which runs two more years and is worth a little more than $14 million, via a waiver claim.

According to multiple reports and as many suspected would be the case, that team is the Patriots.

The injury that Bennett was charged with failing to disclose is to his shoulder and cropped up when the Packers returned from their bye last week. He had been ruled out for this weekend’s game by Packers coach Mike McCarthy, but we’ll see how New England’s doctors feel about Bennett’s condition.

Bennett’s return to New England after a brief departure calls to mind LeGarrette Blount‘s short stay with the Steelers in between stints with the Patriots. Blount also left as a free agent this offseason and things appear to be going more smoothly with the Eagles than they did with Pennsylvania’s other NFL entry.

107 responses to “Martellus Bennett back with Patriots

  1. So pretty much once AR went down Bennett decided to tank it, and started talking about retiring so no team would pick him up so he could go back to the Pat’s.

  2. The Patriots don’t play games. They just want to win super bowls. If you can help them win a super bowl, you might get hired. It seems like everyone else is looking around to see what everyone else is doing. The Patriots don’t care what everyone else thinks. Why would they? Nobody else is thinking. They’re just following.

  3. If true, I’m a tad surprised Bennett went through waivers, but I was impressed how Belichick got Bennett to shut up (completely, bar one comment before he actually joined the squad) and play with total commitment last year.

  4. I’m not saying it is a bad signing but I can’t wait to hear those fans who were glad he was gone.. now talking about how great he is…he’s always been over rated and a bigger mouth than talent…

  5. Hopefully this means goodbye to Dwayne “Stone Hands” Allen. Welcome back Marty. it’s where you belong.

  6. Good news indeed.

    But, before everyone starts moaning about the authenticity of this move, remember that 29 other teams could have claimed him and didn’t.

    Why one of those teams didn’t see this coming and picked him up to stop the Pats doing what everyone else knew they were going to do once Green Bay released Bennett is truly mind boggling.

  7. It is all about trust with TB12. Can’t have more trust than throwing it to #88 twice on the goal line in overtime of Superbowl LI. Great pick up for stretch run with current diminished weapons until Hogan and possibly Mitchell return.

  8. Bennett played hurt all season last year for Patriots, never missed a practice…Is very very similar to Blount being released by Steelers then coming in to win a SB w/NE.

    How/Why….did 30 other teams, like Buffalo…not want to take a shot on him????

    Oh…I forgot….it’s the Patriots cheating again

  9. i picked him up this morning figuring he would go back to the pats…hoping he can give me some juice come playoff time

  10. ^^

    That’s incorrect. The Patriots didn’t allow him to go through waivers. They took on his contract.

  11. But but…didn’t BB fleece the Colts for Dwayne Allen and showed why he’s the best deal maker ever of all time???? Wasn’t Allen part of the amazing off season that BB had making so many amazing deals and making this team better than last years team and nobody was going to beat them?

    #19andooohhh

  12. Boy, that was a disappointing run with the Packers. And it wasn’t just bad scheme or playcalling – Rodgers would put it in his hands, and he’d put it on the ground. Puzzling.

  13. Bennett begged out of GB by first threatening to quit and then saying he was too hurt to play. He is a loser of the first order and I hope his career ends soon.
    By cutting him, the Packers have addition by subtraction.

  14. its funny watching the same fans who bashed him when he went to GB talk about how its the greatest signing ever that they get him back.

  15. wib22 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Another belicheat bust move with Allen. Bennett is washed, signs that the hoodie is losing it.

    Aww. Come now, surely you can do better than this.

  16. crush22 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm
    Guess they needed to do something after getting hosed in the Dorsett trade.

    That makes absolutely no sense

    It must suck being a Colts fan.

  17. scmems07 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    But but…didn’t BB fleece the Colts for Dwayne Allen and showed why he’s the best deal maker ever of all time???? Wasn’t Allen part of the amazing off season that BB had making so many amazing deals and making this team better than last years team and nobody was going to beat them?

    #19andooohhh
    ——————–

    I love when stupid bozos make fun of Belichick. Of course the guy isn’t perfect, but the thing is, he never stops trying to make his team better. I’d say his track record proves that he does a pretty good job of it.

  18. Right now, Hogan is down and the Patriots absolutely need Bennett. You can’t have Cooks in the slot. He’ll get killed. Keep him outside and Marty and Gronk inside. I like the move IF Marty has something left in the tank.

  19. crush22 says:

    November 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Guess they needed to do something after getting hosed in the Dorsett trade
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    How did they get hosed in the Dorsett trade? Backup QB for a backup WR.

  20. “Anyways, Bennett will live catching passes from 2 yard Tom.” As a previous poster said , it’s TB12 the GOAT, not Tom Savage the article is about.
    Tom is also referred to as TB12, 5 time Super Bowl winner!

  21. onebuffalove716 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    I’m not saying it is a bad signing but I can’t wait to hear those fans who were glad he was gone.. now talking about how great he is…he’s always been over rated and a bigger mouth than talent…

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    I don’t remember any Pats fans being glad that Bennet was gone….I am happy he is back

  22. If Bennet could t get open or catch balls in Green Bay, what ki d of magic do some of you geniuses think just happened for the Patriots? Bennett is washed up.

  23. The Patriots are absolutely loaded and the AFC is very weak after Manning’s retirement. It is almost guaranteed the Patriots will reach the SB. Once in the SB, I’ll put my money on Belichick over any NFC coach he will go against. There is no stopping this team folks, not this year.

  24. wib22 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Anyways, Bennett will love catching passes from 2 yard tom
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    Who wouldn’t?

  25. wib22 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm
    Anyways, Bennett will love catching passes from 2 yard tom

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    Brady has the 4th highest average yards/attempt in the league at 8.2. The three guys above him average 8.3. Brady is #2 in the league in pass completions over 40 yards. While it’s true that he isn’t #1 in these categories, #4 and #2 are pretty respectable for a 40 year old guy. Blind hate can make one clueless.

  26. Let’s take a walk down packer memory lane after the Bennett signing

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    March 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm
    And THAT is why Ted is the best in the business!

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    March 10, 2017 at 6:50 pm
    Bennett is #15 on the PFT top 100 free agent list.

    Cook is #76.

    Can you say UPGRADE!

    Ted is the ultimate master of free agency.

  27. What a piece of crap. If I were a Packer fan I would be pissed. I hope the Patriots have to pay back his signing bonus. The league should step in and suspend his ass for being a pathetic liar.

  28. He bailed once Rodgers was hurt, but the reason is that the Packers are no longer a contender so he had no value as a sleeper agent and can report back to station. Now Blount…

  29. wib22 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm
    Anyways, Bennett will love catching passes from 2 yard Tom
    _______________________________________________________

    You know the GOAT is taking care of business when even the trolls are mailing it in.

  30. vancouversportsbro says:
    November 9, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Pretty sure the Pats are having these players quit on other teams such as Blount and now Bennett to just sign back with them.
    __________________________________________

    You really don’t understand how waivers work?

  31. How can the rest of the league allow this to happen? It’s collusion!

    Same thing with not ratting on them for IR gate and the illegal pick plays they use to cheat!

  32. kcflake says:
    November 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    The Fix has to be in. No Way no other nfl teams put in a waiver claim for bennett.
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    I doubt many teams stepped up to take over his contract.

  33. streetyson says:
    November 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    If true, I’m a tad surprised Bennett went through waivers, but I was impressed how Belichick got Bennett to shut up (completely, bar one comment before he actually joined the squad) and play with total commitment last year.

    ———————
    Thats a difference between other coaches and Belichick. Even guys that tend to have no respect suddenly have it when they come to Belichick.

  34. uknepatsfan says:
    November 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm
    Good news indeed.

    But, before everyone starts moaning about the authenticity of this move, remember that 29 other teams could have claimed him and didn’t.

    Why one of those teams didn’t see this coming and picked him up to stop the Pats doing what everyone else knew they were going to do once Green Bay released Bennett is truly mind boggling.
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    I’m sure any team would want to jump in and be on the hook for his 14 million in salary while he moans about his owwie and rides the bench this year and retires…just to not let the Pats get him…c’mon, man. He was only going to be happy going back to the Pats. It is no coincidence that his injury can’t be pinpointed to anything other than the play Rodgers got hurt.

  35. Gotta love all the posters that act like they know what they’re talking about. The patriots are on the hook only for $700k this year. Nothing else is guaranteed.

    Interestingly, there’s a theory floating that if Bennett retires and is forced to return part of the signing bonus, that money goes to the Pats and not the Packers. Imagine if that is true and does happen….

  36. Maybe he was terrible in GBay, but he was terrific in NEnglands SBowl winning yr when they didn’t have Gronk.

  37. I’ve been saying for years – On a good day BB is at least 2 steps past other GMs, 3 steps past the ‘writers’ and 4 steps past us in the peanut gallery.

    In Bill we trust.

  38. FinFan68 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm
    uknepatsfan says:
    November 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm
    Good news indeed.

    But, before everyone starts moaning about the authenticity of this move, remember that 29 other teams could have claimed him and didn’t.

    Why one of those teams didn’t see this coming and picked him up to stop the Pats doing what everyone else knew they were going to do once Green Bay released Bennett is truly mind boggling.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I’m sure any team would want to jump in and be on the hook for his 14 million in salary while he moans about his owwie and rides the bench this year and retires…just to not let the Pats get him…c’mon, man. He was only going to be happy going back to the Pats. It is no coincidence that his injury can’t be pinpointed to anything other than the play Rodgers got hurt.

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    $723,529 is what they owe. As long as he finishes the season. Otherwise its $423,729. So really its a bargain. But other teams all must have felt he was done and it was just a wasre of $423.729 and a roster slot. Obviously the Pats feel differently. Only time will tell who is calling that right.

    Somehow I cant help but to suspect his shoulder gets better now that Brady is throwing to him but if Brady went down the shoulder gets worse again.

  39. He dropped my Packers like a bad habit, just like he dropped most of the balls Rodgers put squarely in his hands through the first six weeks of the season. I’ll stop typing now–my shoulder hurts.

  40. “I doubt many teams stepped up to take over his contract.“

    ————————-

    His contract is 450k for the rest of this season and then he can be cut for nothing. Problem for other teams is they lose comp pick consideration for signing him, while the Pats don’t because he was their loss last offseason.

  41. I forgot to wish the Pats fans that may the Patriots get just as much production from Bennett the 2nd half of this season as the Packers got out of him in the 1st.

  42. streetyson says:
    November 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    If true, I’m a tad surprised Bennett went through waivers, but I was impressed how Belichick got Bennett to shut up (completely, bar one comment before he actually joined the squad) and play with total commitment last year.
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    He didn’t clear waivers. The Patriots claimed him. I recall he was very talkative within the framework of the Patriots last year, that is why, in addition to his play on field, both the fans and the media loved having him around

  43. drunkraider says:
    November 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm
    its funny watching the same fans who bashed him when he went to GB talk about how its the greatest signing ever that they get him back.
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    Pretty much NO ONE bashed him in New England. Almost universally he was thanked and wished the best on the way out. Chris Long as well. Sour grapes over the Snow Bowl and being 4-5. See you in Mexico City.

  44. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm
    The Patriots are absolutely loaded and the AFC is very weak after Manning’s retirement.
    =
    Based on the last 3 SBs, what does that say about the NFC?

  45. Dare I say… ANOTHER TREMENDOUS MOVE FOR THE World Champion Patriots and their superior fans!

    WOW!

    🙂

  46. “drunkraider says:
    November 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm
    its funny watching the same fans who bashed him when he went to GB talk about how its the greatest signing ever that they get him back.”

    I don’t remember ANY bashing when Marty left for Green Bay. It was well known that he was a one and done and the Pats were not going to pay him what he wanted. It was a mutually beneficial year and the parties parted on good terms….oh and with a ring!!

  47. crush22 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Guess they needed to do something after getting hosed in the Dorsett trade.
    ————————————————————————————————————
    They were about to cut Brisset, instead they got a player for him. On what planet is this “getting hosed”.

  48. In the NFL landscape of non-guaranteed contracts, the only power the players have is to get themselves cut so they can sign elsewhere. Kudos to Bennett for getting out of the sinking ship in GB, though of course he was fortunate not to be claimed by the Browns or Colts.

  49. With Julian Edelman gone since the beginning of the year, the Patriots short passing game has been a bit off. This signing will help with that a lot. Bennett is also a very good blocking tight end and Brady has certainly taken his share of hits this year. Maybe Bennett will help there too.

    It’s a great signing in my estimation.

  50. If Belichick can win with a quitter, more power to him. A safety should test that shoulder out thoroughly.

  51. when people refer to an injured player with derogatory insults, it says more about the commenter than it does about the player.

    According to Ian Rappaport and The Boston Globe, MB likely has a “torn rotator cuff”…

    i’ve had one.
    there is no way you can use that arm in a violent, contact intensive line of work…until it is healed.

  52. He will be valuable from here on in if he plays anything at all like he did last year. It’s always energizing to have the greatest QB of all time throwing to you and knowing you have a real chance to win it all. BB also probably made sure his mind was right before pulling the trigger.

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