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NFL Rumors: Patriots hosting two veteran receivers in free agency

NFL Rumors: Patriots hosting two veteran receivers in free agency

There will be plenty of free agent foot traffic in Foxboro on Thursday, it appears.

The New England Patriots will host free agent wide receivers Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris on Thursday, ESPN's Field Yates reported.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo was the first to report Harris' visit.

Ellington and Harris aren't exactly A-listers, but both are serviceable depth pieces with special teams experience.

The 27-year-old Ellington split time between the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions last season, catching 31 total passes for 224 yards and a touchdown. He also returned 42 punts during his first two seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers in 2014 and 2015.

Harris, 26, tallied 26 receptions for 304 yards last year with the Washington Redskins, who signed him after he went undrafted in 2016. Harris returned three punts for Washington last season.

The Patriots are bringing back Phillip Dorsett in free agency but still could use some depth, as Cordarrelle Patterson left to join the Chicago Bears and Chris Hogan is drawing interest on the free agent market, as well.

Harris and Ellington reportedly will join former Denver Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse and ex-Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey among those visiting New England on Thursday.

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Report: Pennel's 2-year Patriots deal could be worth up to $8 million

Report: Pennel's 2-year Patriots deal could be worth up to $8 million

The Patriots deal with free-agent nose tackle Mike Pennel is for two years with a base salary of $5 million and could be worth up to $8 million in incentives, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Pennel, 6-foot-4, 332 pounds, turns 28 in May. The former New York Jets defensive tackle will try to make up for the loss of Malcom Brown, who signed with the Saints. 

After the signing, Pennel spoke to Patriots.com about joining a "winning culture" in New England.

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On Instagram, Martellus Bennett writes he won't be coming back to Patriots

On Instagram, Martellus Bennett writes he won't be coming back to Patriots

They'll be no Bennett brother reunion, or a third stint with the Patriots for Martellus Bennett, according to his Instagram post.

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Swipe. This is why I can’t come out of retirement. I would love to play ball with my brother it would truly be a dream come true. But my biggest dream is to change lives with my creativity and that is what I am currently doing @theimaginationagency these kids don’t need another athlete to look up to or to aspire to be there’s plenty of inspiration out there for that. I want to inspire the next wave of creatives. The storytellers. The engineers. The designers. The doctors. The filmmakers. The composers. Tech moguls. And maybe a few athletes who like me never felt like they belonged in a locker room. I was never one of the guys guys most of my teammates would tell that. I’ve always been a creative who enjoyed competing. I’m playing the game that I was made to play and it’s the most fun I’ve ever had. Scoring touchdowns winning a super bowl has never made me feel the way seeing kids/families/people enjoying things I have created. I’m doing my life’s work fulfilling what I believe to be my life’s purpose. I hope everyone finds something that makes them as happy and as fulfilled as I have with my work @theimaginationagency I appreciate all of the love but this is waaaaayyy bigger than the game of football. Get your copy today. Link in my bio

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Bennett's brother Michael, 33, a defensive end, was traded from from the Eagles to the Patriots on March 8, leading to plenty of speculation that Martellus, 32, a tight end, who played a full season for the Pats in 2016 and last played in the NFL in two games for the Pats in 2017, would come out of retirement to join him in New England.

Marty B even got a pitch to return from his old quarterback in New England. 

Martellus Bennett has forged a new career with his Imagination Agency and he recently released his book "Dear Black Boy" which seeks to inspire African-American kids in outlets beyond athletics.

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