Patriots claim Martellus Bennett on waivers after release from Packers


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. 

David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

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David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

David Harris's 11-year run in the NFL has come to an end. 

On Friday, the linebacker announced his retirement from the game of football after spending 10 seasons with the Jets and one with the Patriots. 

The Jets drafted Harris with the 47th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he racked up 5 sacks and 127 total tackles. His breakout rookie season was an clear indication of the solid player he would become over the course of his career. 

Although he neither won a Super Bowl, nor made it to a Pro Bowl, the linebacker served as a focal point on a Rex Ryan defense that appeared in two AFC Championships in 2010 and 2011. 

When he was released in 2017, the 34-year-old made a career choice to sign with the Patriots to compete for a Super Bowl.

He didn't go out a champion, but a trip to the Super Bowl was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one of the most underrated linebackers of the past decade. 



What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

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What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

Admittedly, the audio is poor but the idea is no less intriguing.

Was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving at NBA All-Star Weekend that he's trying to go to the Patriots? Or to Boston? Or New England? 

It's 23 seconds into the video below: 

Isaiah Houde of USA TODAY's PatriotsWire interprets it as: "You went to the Celtics and I’m trying to go to New England."

Beckham has had a few Instagram posts about Brady recently, including an exchange of rap lyrics back in December. 


A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on

Unless there's a trade between the Patriots and Giants, Beckham, 25, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, won't be free to join Kyrie in New England - or was it Boston? - until the four-year deal he signed in 2014 ends after this season. Oh, and as he enters that 2019 season, Tom Brady will be 42.