Patriots Claim TE Martellus Bennett After Waived By Packers

Bennett was in the first year of a three-year, $21 million contract with Green Bay and will be owed $423,529 for the rest of the season.

Earlier this season, Bennett suggested he was considering retirement after the 2017 season.

Questions persisted all week in the Packers locker room about whether Bennett quit on the team after quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with a shoulder injury.

Bennett claims the Packers were trying to force him to "play thru a major injury".

Coach Mike McCarthy leaned heavily on Bennett, who played on 83 percent of snaps.

Former Green Bay Packer TE Martellus Bennett has some choice words for his former team and their medical staff.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bennett was claimed on waivers by the New England Patriots.

"Any time you lose one of your top-caliber players it's an adjustment", McCarthy said on Thursday. Third-string tight end Jacob Hollister has just three catches for 37 yards.

There was a rift between Bennett and the Packers growing this year, with Bennett posting on Instagram during the team's bye week he was strongly considering retiring. "You adjust the way you do things, the way you game plan and the way you move forward". He did not play in the 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions.

During the Packers' bye week he indicated on an Instagram post that he would likely retire after this season. Bennett has also played for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Chicago Bears. That's not for me to comment on.

Gronkowski has been healthy and more productive this season, catching 34 passes for 509 yards with five touchdowns.