Patriots

Patriots claim Martellus Bennett on waivers after release from Packers

patriots-bennett-dance-012317x.jpg

Patriots claim Martellus Bennett on waivers after release from Packers

Well, that was a freebie. 

One day after he was waived by the Packers, former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett has been awarded to the Pats on waivers. The news was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Bennett is in the first year of a three-year, $21 million contract signed in free agency, but as ESPN's Mike Reiss pointed out, the money already paid to him and the ability to cut him before next season meant his contract was unlikely to be a deterrent. 

Wrote Reiss: 

Any team claiming Bennett would be inheriting his contract, which extends through 2019 and calls for a $2 million bonus to be paid early in the 2018 league year. That is manageable both in the short and long term. They could also decide not to pay the bonus and not have any obligations on their salary cap for 2018 and 2019. 

Acquired from the Bears for a fifth-round pick prior to last season, Bennett had a career-high seven touchdowns for the Patriots last season. He served as a big part of the Patriots offense, particularly after Rob Gronkowski was lost for the season. 

Not interested in paying what Bennett would get in free agency, the Pats elected to trade for Dwayne Allen and let Bennett walk. Bennett has no receptions this season, while Bennett had 24 receptions for 233 yards and no touchdowns in seven games for Green Bay. 

Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)

washington-redskins-kirk-cousins-giants-112317.jpg

Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)

LANDOVER, Md. - Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes to compensate for a pick-6, and the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night on a drab field in a drab game between two injury-depleted teams that did not look ready for prime time. Click here to read more. 


 

Report: Jones may still go after Goodell

Report: Jones may still go after Goodell

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has backed down from his threat to sue the NFL over commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension, is adamant about his fellow owners discussing it at a Dec. 13 meeting, according to Pro Football Talk.

Here's more from Charean Williams of NBCSports.com's Pro Football Talk.