Patriots reportedly claim TE Martellus Bennett off waivers

Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett catches a pass during warm ups before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Oct. 8 2017 in Arlington Texas

NFL teams could compete to sign Martellus Bennett due to his cheap contract

Released on Tuesday by the Green Bay Packers, Martellus Bennett has been claimed on waivers by his former team, the New England Patriots according to Adam Schefter. Bennett signed with the Patriots prior to the 2016 season and became a key cog in a championship-winning offense before his brief stint with the Packers this year. He also sat out Monday's 30-17 loss to the Detroit Lions.

For eight more regular season games and a chance to chase another Super Bowl ring with a team he said was one of his favorites to play for - and transitioning from catching passes from Brett Hundley to Brady - motivation shouldn't be a problem for Bennett.

The Packers waived him on Wednesday with the designation that he failed to disclose a physical condition.

A 2014 Pro Bowl choice, Bennett has 427 catches for 4,520 yards and 30 touchdowns in 142 career games.

Martellus Bennett had recently indicated that this could be his final National Football League season. To everyone who has poured themselves and time into my life and career.

During the season opener against Seattle, Bennett was one of three players who knelt for the national anthem.

Through seven games in 2017, Bennett recorded 24 receptions for 233 yards with the Packers.

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.

But the Patriots needed some offensive help with Julian Edelman out for the season, Chris Hogan nursing a shoulder injury and Allen still catchless.

The Packers have two other tight ends on the roster in Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers.

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