Martellus Bennett's second stint with the Patriots is over.
New England released the tight end on Wednesday, the team announced. He was due a $2 million bonus if he was on the roster by March 14 and the move saves the Pats $6.2 million in salary cap space. The Patriots also announced the releases of returne man Bernard Reedy and defensive end Caleb Kidder.
Bennett, who turns 31 March 10, played just two games in his second time around in Foxboro after his controversial release from the Green Bay Packers last season. He was placed on injured reserve in late November after he was signed earlier that month. In 2016, Bennett became a key target for Tom Brady in the absence of Rob Gronkowski on the Pats' run to their fifth Super Bowl title.
It was an eventful day for the Bennetts. Martellus' brother, Michael, 32, a defensive end, was traded on Wednesday by the Seattle Seahawks to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.
The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit.
Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season.
The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons. ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.
The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012.
McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.