Report: Patriots to release TE Martellus Bennett

After picking up veteran tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers late last season, the defending AFC champion New England Patriots are reportedly moving on from him altogether. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, New England will release the enigmatic pass catcher.

Bennett had originally signed a three-year, $21 million deal with Green Bay last spring. But after just seven games with the team, he was waived. It came after a spat over an injury pertaining to the former Pro Bowl tight end.

New England picked Bennett (and his contract) up off waivers from Green Bay. But the veteran played a grand total of just two regular season games. By moving on from Bennett, New England saves a cool $6.2 million against the cap.

Bennett, 30, put up the best season of his career with the Chicago Bears back in 2014, recording 90 receptions for 916 yards en route to earning his first and only Pro Bowl appearance. Interest in his services in free agency should be pretty decent.