Ex-Packer Martellus Bennett heads back to New England Patriots

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The Packers officially cut ties Wednesday, making Bennett one of the worst free-agent signings in the team's history.

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A Martellus Bennett return to New England appears to be happening. The brother of Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who has sat on the bench during the national anthem before Seattle's games this year, he shares his sibling's penchant for outspoken social commentary.

In claiming Bennett, the Patriots inherit the three-year, $21 million contract that he had signed with the Packers.

What was the undisclosed medical condition Bennett failed to tell the team about? He had 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns, playing an integral role in the team's Super Bowl championship season. During that same span, Bennett produced just 24 receptions on 38 targets en route to 233 yards and zero touchdowns while his time in Green Bay was marred by both struggles on the field and injuries.

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He said in the post a few weeks ago: "After conversations with my family I'm pretty sure these next 8 games will be the conclusion of my National Football League career". He made news during Green Bay's bye week when he announced he was planning to retire at the end of the 2017 season.

No other tight end on the Patriots roster has more than three catches this season.

In that sense, there's limited risk for the Patriots, assuming Bennett is healthy and motivated.

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

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