Former Texas A&M star Martellus Bennett is on his way back to New England after the tight end won a Super Bowl with the Patriots last season. If the Patriots don't pick up a $2 million bonus early in the 2018 league year, Bennett would become a free agent again, and the Patriots wouldn't have any commitments on their salary cap, which also likely contributed to the team claiming him.
The Packers signed Bennett after he helped the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl last season, but now it appears the team could be in a sticky situation with the Super Bowl victor.
In claiming Bennett, the Patriots inherit the three-year, $21 million contract that he had signed with the Packers.
Bennett thrived in his one season with the Patriots catching 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns.
Bennett had been waived by the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday, bringing his short tenure at Lambeau Field to a surprising end.
Bennett was inactive during the Packers' Monday night loss to Detroit. The Packers ensured Wednesday that the veteran tight end has already played his final game for them, releasing him in a stunning move. Bennett followed a similar path, only his pitstop was in Green Bay.
Still, the fact Green Bay cut Bennett before he was even one full year into his contract surprised many. For the time being, his departure leaves the Packers with two tight ends, Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers, on their roster.
Bennett does come with some concerns. And Bennett made headlines when he raised his fist and later sat down during the national anthem. He has yet to catch a pass this season.