According to a Thursday afternoon report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the former Green Bay Packers tight end has been claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots.
One of the favourite teams to pick him up from the waivers is the Patriots, but now every team has the possibility of picking up one of the more talented tight ends in the National Football League today, despite the fact his production has been that great this season due to injuries. The tight end has dealt with shoulder injuries of late, missing two weeks, and has said he is likely to retire after the season.
He didn't play in the 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions after being listed as doubtful for the game. Bennett had 701 receiving yards and seven touchdowns with the Patriots in 2016.
The Packers waived Bennett with the failure to disclose a medical condition designation Wednesday. The economics are favorable to the club: It's really a bargain price for 2017, as Bennett will receive a prorated portion of his base salary, which totals $423,529, as well as be eligible for $300,000 in roster bonuses. In 16 appearances (12 starts), Bennett would haul in 55 receptions for 501 yards and seven TDs. The Packers ensured Wednesday that the veteran tight end has already played his final game for them, releasing him in a stunning move. Still, there's little reason to doubt the 30-year-old's ability going forward-strange stint in Green Bay aside. Both have had 50-catch seasons.
Now back in New England, he was originally selected by the aforementioned Cowboys in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M.