Will Martellus Bennett return to the Patriots?

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Three years ago, running back LeGarrette Blount left the Patriots in free agency, joining the Steelers. And the Steelers eventually cut him. And then he returned to New England. And he won a Super Bowl later that year.

Now, with tight end Martellus Bennett released by the Packers, could he be headed back to New England, too?

It would make sense, given that the team’s current No. 2 tight end, Dwayne Allen, has a grand total of zero catches on the season.

During a Thursday press availability, coach Bill Belichick wasn’t asked about whether he’d bring Bennett back, but Belichick was asked to explain what he took away from his experience working with Bennett.

“I think I’ve spoken about that numerous times last year,” Belichick told reporters. “I’m sure we have transcripts of that. I can’t imagine [we don’t]. I must be on the record talking about him 100 times.”

Belichick previously had good things to say about Bennett, who became the No. 1 tight end a year ago after Rob Gronkowski suffered a season-ending back injury. Bennett caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns last year in New England. He added 11 catches for 98 yards in the postseason.

And, again, Dwayne Allen has zero catches this season.

Bennett could be claimed by any team on waivers. If he clears waivers, he can sign with any team — and maybe at that point he’d return to New England.

46 responses to “Will Martellus Bennett return to the Patriots?

  1. Not a good fit there anymore. Bellicheck does not seem enthusiastic. Seems more likely he’ll finish his career playing with his brother in Seattle, although they don’t really need him and he’s not a good scheme fit.

    But when did that ever matter to the Seahawks?

  2. I don’t think there is any way that the Patriots or any other team would claim him off of waivers, given that any such team would have to assume the substantial contract he signed with Green Bay this offseason, and especially in light of Bennett’s statement that he plans to retire after the season. I also wonder just how injured Bennett is. But assuming he clears waivers, I’d be all for the Pats bringing him back for the stretch run at a reasonable price.

  3. Even hurt, Bennett is a gigantic upgrade over Dwayne Allen.

    For all the talk about Bennett being a “headcase” over the years, he snapped into the most complex offense in the league like a Lego piece, and had zero problems in the highly-disciplined New England environment.

    C’mon back, baby.

  4. He will clear waivers. It just depends how bad the shoulder is, if he is faking something to force his release from a sinking ship, etc.

    You’d have to be a fool to pick up that contract.

  5. He won’t clear waivers. His base salary this year is roughly 450k for the season remainder. That’s cheap enough for a team to block the Pats out.

  6. .
    I’m at a loss to explain the Dwayne Allen situation. In Indianapolis he was known as an above average blocker and average receiver. It seems unthinkable that he has zero catches halfway through the season.
    .

  7. ariani1985 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 11:05 am

    2 yard Tom will be clamoring for his services!!
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    Why don’t you look up Tom’s stats before re-playing this old beat-up record?

  8. Who wants to stick out a late fall/early winter in Green Bay without Rodgers? It’s like being in Siberia. Have you seen what Jordy Nelsons in game experience is now? You go from playing on the Globtrotters, to playing at your Sunday night church open gym.

  9. Places I could see claiming Martellus, most of whom are fighting for a playoff spot:

    Carolina, if Greg Olsen isn’t as healthy as everybody assumes
    New Orleans
    Detroit, then trade Ebron please
    LA Rams
    Buffalo, if Clay isn’t returning to action soon
    Baltimore
    Jacksonville
    Denver, because Elway is desperate to jumpstart that offense

  10. Not a good fit there anymore. Bellicheck does not seem enthusiastic. Seems more likely he’ll finish his career playing with his brother in Seattle, although they don’t really need him and he’s not a good scheme fit.

    But when did that ever matter to the Seahawks?
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    Unless they cut Jimmy Graham, they’re completely capped out this season due to the Duane Brown deal.

  11. Defenses would not like to see both Bennett and Gronk in the game together….. What a nightmare to defend with Hogan, Cooks and James White in the game!

  12. Really concerned Seattle will pick him up to placate his brother. Makes zero sense with Willson and Graham, even if Mike said he’d take the pay cut required to have his brother come in, but…

  13. seahawkboymike says:
    November 9, 2017 at 10:57 am
    Bellicheck does not seem enthusiastic.
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    LMAO. Enthusiastic, disappointed, ecstatic or disgusted they all sound the same coming from Belichick when talking about a player not under contract or most anything else for that matter. Regularly trolling the Pats since SB XLIX doesn’t give you any insight to Hoodie speak. It hasn’t even given you the ability to spell his name correctly.

  14. Why on Earth did we pick up Allen in the first place?
    When is the last time a former Colt caught on in NE?
    Oh yeah….never.

    I hope we get Marty back.

    I’m a big fan.

  15. ariani1985 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 11:05 am
    2 yard Tom will be clamoring for his services!!
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    You could be correct. Tom Savage and the Texans could use an upgrade at Tight End.

  16. seahawkboymike says:
    November 9, 2017 at 10:57 am
    Not a good fit there anymore. Bellicheck does not seem enthusiastic. Seems more likely he’ll finish his career playing with his brother in Seattle, although they don’t really need him and he’s not a good scheme fit.

    But when did that ever matter to the Seahawks?

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    I hope you’re wrong about the Seahawks! One Bennett is ENOUGH!

  17. ariani1985 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 11:05 am
    2 yard Tom will be clamoring for his services!

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    Here ya go:

    yds per att:
    1. Jared Goff • LAR 8.3
    1. Alex Smith • KAN 8.3
    1. Deshaun Watson • HOU 8.3
    4. Tom Brady • NWE 8.2
    5. Drew Brees • NOR 8.1
    6. Kirk Cousins • WAS 8.0
    6. Matt Ryan • ATL 8.0
    8. Carson Wentz • PHI 7.8
    9. Russell Wilson • SEA 7.6
    10. Ben Roethlisberger • PIT 7.5

    yds per comp:
    1. Jared Goff • LAR 13.8
    2. Deshaun Watson • HOU 13.5
    3. Carson Wentz • PHI 12.9
    4. Tom Brady • NWE 12.3
    4. Ben Roethlisberger • PIT 12.3
    4. Russell Wilson • SEA 12.3
    7. Matt Ryan • ATL 12.2
    8. Carson Palmer • ARI 12.1
    8. Jameis Winston • TAM 12.1
    10. Alex Smith • KAN 12.0

    You know you’re on the internet right?

  18. 345snarkavenue says:
    November 9, 2017 at 11:17 am
    ariani1985 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 11:05 am
    2 yard Tom will be clamoring for his services!

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    aka 5 Ring Tom.

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    Can someone explain what “2 yard Tom” even means? If it means he only throws very short passes, well, so did Joe Montana when running West Coast concepts for the 49ers. Kenny Anderson, same deal.

    Lastly, who cares how far the ball is thrown. The idea is to advance the ball down the field and score 7 points.

    Brady has been much better with the deep ball the last couple of years, too. I love when trolls show their jealousy. It’s a delight!

  19. ariani1985 says:
    November 9, 2017 at 11:05 am
    2 yard Tom will be clamoring for his services!!
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    It’s really not hard to look a players stats, instead of making yourself look like fool.

  20. nfella says:
    November 9, 2017 at 11:11 am
    He won’t clear waivers. His base salary this year is roughly 450k for the season remainder. That’s cheap enough for a team to block the Pats out.
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    It’s actually over 700K, but the real issue would be the dead money (4 million on next years cap) when he retires.

  21. dsigrey says:

    November 9, 2017 at 10:57 am

    He will clear waivers, no team is going to want that 4 million dollar dead cap money when he retires after this season.

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    How would an acquiring team have any dead cap hit at all? They don’t pay his signing bonus. They only pay salary. Which is minimal.

  22. dsigrey says:

    November 9, 2017 at 11:52 am

    nfella says:
    November 9, 2017 at 11:11 am
    He won’t clear waivers. His base salary this year is roughly 450k for the season remainder. That’s cheap enough for a team to block the Pats out.
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    It’s actually over 700K, but the real issue would be the dead money (4 million on next years cap) when he retires.—-

    Nope, nothing is guaranteed. They have no cap hit at all next year if/when he retires. Zero.

  23. 6ball says:
    November 9, 2017 at 11:12 am
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    I’m at a loss to explain the Dwayne Allen situation. In Indianapolis he was known as an above average blocker and average receiver. It seems unthinkable that he has zero catches halfway through the season.
    .

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    let’s be clear here…As a diehard of 35 years, Brady is not the best at welcoming in new bodies to his Circle of Trust.

    I mean, it’s a struggle. The Cooks, the LaFells, Malcom Mitchell types, are rarities.

    If you drop a ball in camp, or even if Brady wants something done a certain way and maybe isn’t explaining it well, etc, Brady will cut you out. It’s as much on Brady to get these guys involved as it is the new players.

    I don’t buy that Dwyane Allen can’t block, then chip and catch a football in the flat here or there.

    Baloney.

    Brady has a Binky Addiction problem, and he’s best when he doesn’t have it raging, which is honestly a rarity.

    He spent all of 2007 starting down only Moss and Welker, and it cost us a Super Bowl, for example.

    Then it was Gronk/Welker, and then Edelman/Gronk, etc….Brady has to take some responsibility. No other All Pro QB has these kinds of issues.

  24. yards per attempt is simply dividing yards by pass attempts. does not indicate how far the ball was thrown. that being said. the 2 yard tom thing is a fallacy. use the eye test, you’ll see he tosses the ball downfield

  25. If they do, are we going to have to hear bozos yap about how the Patriots somehow orchestrated his exit from the Packers, like they did with Blount when the Steelers cut him?

  26. All the Pats would have to do is pick up half of Bennett’s 900k salary for 2017. For next yr, Bennett has a 2 mil roster bonus, that the Pats could simply walk away from. The main questions are how bad is his shoulder and if he wants to play FB.

  27. crownofthehelmet says:
    November 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm
    I hope he does. It’d be fun seeing Shazier light up this fool.

    ?????? Like Shazier lit Bennett [ who was injured] up last year???…Guessing I missed that one.

    Actually…I think I’ve missed EVERYONE on Patriots that Shazier has lit up…Does he even have any tackles????

  28. Nope. Bennett wanted a trade when Rodgers went down. Brought up retiring, etc. right before trade deadline. When Pack didn’t trade him, he came up with mysterious shoulder injury. Pack had enough and cut him with “undisclosed injury” clause. If Bennett signs with Patriots or other, he is admitting he lied to get out of GB. He has played his last down in NFL.

  29. Love to see it happen, even if only for his blocking in the run game, but no way the jests or the ills let it happen in waivers. The bills might claim him just to foil his return to the patsies.

  30. let’s be clear here…As a diehard of 35 years, Brady is not the best at welcoming in new bodies to his Circle of Trust.

    I mean, it’s a struggle. The Cooks, the LaFells, Malcom Mitchell types, are rarities.

    If you drop a ball in camp, or even if Brady wants something done a certain way and maybe isn’t explaining it well, etc, Brady will cut you out. It’s as much on Brady to get these guys involved as it is the new players.

    I don’t buy that Dwyane Allen can’t block, then chip and catch a football in the flat here or there.

    Baloney.

    Brady has a Binky Addiction problem, and he’s best when he doesn’t have it raging, which is honestly a rarity.

    He spent all of 2007 starting down only Moss and Welker, and it cost us a Super Bowl, for example.

    Then it was Gronk/Welker, and then Edelman/Gronk, etc….Brady has to take some responsibility. No other All Pro QB has these kinds of issues.

    ****

    more blatant homerism. Yikes. He doesn’t trust those guys because they don’t cheat

  31. There is no dead cap hit to any team that picks up his contract. Who came up with that. The dead cap is ALWAYS allocated to the team that, you know, PAID the money. The only risks with Marty are his injury status and the $700K a team takes on for this year.

    Belichick likes Bennett and would pick him up if he could. Bennett didn’t leave on bad terms. If Seattle wants him and both the Patriots and Seattle put a claim in, Seattle gets him because they’re 5-3 and the Patriots are 6-2. The only reason the Patriots would put a waiver claim in is if they believed the Eagles want him. Ertz was hurt last week and maybe they want him. The Patriots should put in a claim.

  32. pastabelly says:
    November 9, 2017 at 2:47 pm
    There is no dead cap hit to any team that picks up his contract. Who came up with that. The dead cap is ALWAYS allocated to the team that, you know, PAID the money. The only risks with Marty are his injury status and the $700K a team takes on for this year.

    Belichick likes Bennett and would pick him up if he could. Bennett didn’t leave on bad terms. If Seattle wants him and both the Patriots and Seattle put a claim in, Seattle gets him because they’re 5-3 and the Patriots are 6-2. The only reason the Patriots would put a waiver claim in is if they believed the Eagles want him. Ertz was hurt last week and maybe they want him. The Patriots should put in a claim.

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    I think the comment was more about cutting him after this year, if you picked him up on waivers. The 4 mil he’s owed next year, assuming he may retire, etc, is what the dead money comment is for above. Just a guess.

    He has 2 more years on that deal, and he’s not cheap.

    If he’s claimed on waivers, you absorb the contract, though. He’s due 2 more years next year on hid deal that GB signed him to.

    For that contract to disappear, he’d need to clear waivers where the new team could then set his contract for the rest of this year only.

    I think that’s correct.

  33. Again, if the Pats don’t pay the roster bonus in the spring, the contract is ovah. If they do, it’s still only 6 mil/yr. The 6.3 signing bonus GB paid him last yr is between them and Bennett.

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