Patriots claim Martellus Bennett on waivers, reports say

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The Patriots will probably be vague about the tight end's status, as per usual for coach Bill Belichick.

The New England Patriots claimed tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers, according to a published report Thursday.

Green Bay waived him with the designation of failure to disclose a medical condition, which they hope will help them recoup the remaining $4.2 million on his signing bonus. Over the course of all 16 regular-season games in 2016-17, Bennett registered 55 receptions on 73 targets in addition to recording 701 yards and seven scores.

"This is a clear issue of the Packers and Martellus Bennett not being on the same page, really from A to Z", NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Wednesday. In any case, Rob Gronkowski remains entrenched as the Patriots' undisputed top tight end as long as he remains healthy.

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By claiming Bennett off waivers, the Patriots will take over the contract he signed with the Packers last March. In November, Blount walked off the field early during a Steelers game in which he did not receive a carry, and the team quickly released him.

While it initially appeared as though Martellus Bennett's National Football League career could be coming to an abrupt halt, it seems as though one phone call has now changed everything.

Bennett, who went to Texas A&M and played for the Cowboys from 2008-11, isn't heading to New England for the first time. Bennett dropped a few passes, but was an asset in the running game. Last year, the prospect of seeing the Patriots deploy the duo of Gronkowski and Bennett was exciting for Patriots fans.

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