Patriots claim Bennett off waivers

Sheri Evans
November 10, 2017

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bennett has been claimed off waivers by the Patriots.

His release comes hours after Packers coach Mike McCarthy ruled out Bennett for the second straight week because of a shoulder injury.

Bennett thrived in New England last season, catching 55 passes for 701 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns.

The outspoken tight end won a Super Bowl with the Patriots past year, his only season in New England.

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But for now, Bennett returns to a team that saw him have a tremendous amount of success last season. Due to the way Bennett's contract is structured, it will cost New England less than $725,000 to have him on the roster the rest of the season.

The 10-year veteran has bounced around the NFL after coming into the league with the Dallas Cowboys. He had 24 catches for 233 yards. He was a major part of New England's championship squad, filling in for star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed most of the season with injuries. It ended a tumultuous stay in Green Bay for Bennett, who signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Packers as a free agent in March. The working relationship lasted only eight games. Allen has yet to catch a pass this season.

Bennett's next games, assuming there are any, won't happen in Green Bay.

Fellow tight ends Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers will be in line for additional snaps with the absence of Bennett.

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