Martellus Bennett dumped by Patriots hours after brother is traded to Eagles

The New England Patriots announced that they have released TE Martellus Bennett.

Bennett, 30, only played two games with the Patriots after signing with the team last season. The Patriots still have Allen, Rob Gronkowski, who's contemplating retirement, Jacob Hollister and Will Tye on their tight end depth chart. New England claimed Bennett on waivers after he was a surprising midseason cut in Green Bay. The craziness for Bennett started back in October when he wrote on social media that he planned to retire following the 2017 season. Following his release, Bennett appeared in two games for the Patriots before being placed on injured reserve with hamstring and shoulder issues.

Bennett has 433 catches for 4,573 yards and 30 touchdowns in 10 National Football League seasons. However, Field Yates of ESPN is reporting that the Patriots have decided on Wednesday afternoon to part way with the 31-year-old. By cutting him now, the Patriots save almost $6 million in cap space.

Bennett was set to earn a $2 million roster bonus on March 14. In 2016 with the Patriots, he played in all 16 games with 12 starts and finished with 55 receptions for 701 yards with seven touchdowns in the regular season. The news comes on the same day that his brother was traded from the Seahawks to the Eagles in a major deal.

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