Martellus Bennett claimed off waivers by Patriots

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By cutting Bennett with that designation, Green Bay has paved the way to file a grievance to reclaim the $4.2m in remaining prorated signing-bonus money on the 30-year-old's contract. The Packers cut him on the grounds of "failure to disclose a medical situation".

His release comes hours after Packers coach Mike McCarthy ruled out Bennett for the second straight week because of a shoulder injury.

The outspoken tight end won a Super Bowl with the Patriots previous year, his only season in New England. In his seven games for the green and gold, he had 24 catches for 233 yards. In his lone season with the Patriots, Bennett played a huge role in the franchises' fifth championship, especially after losing Rob Gronkowski for the season.

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"After conversations with my family I'm pretty sure these next eight games will be the conclusion of my National Football League career", Bennett wrote on Instagram.

Details surrounding Bennett's release are already murky, and they're going to get murkier. These next games are for you. Over the course of all 16 regular-season games in 2016-17, Bennett registered 55 receptions on 73 targets in addition to recording 701 yards and seven scores. He is the brother of the Seahawks' Michael Bennett, who has sat during the anthem. The man who replaced him in New England this season Dwayne Allen has yet to catch a single pass.

Martellus Bennett is back in New England.

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