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Martellus and Michael Bennett reportedly wanted to play together with Patriots

Ryan Hannable
March 08, 2018 - 7:32 pm

It was an eventful day for the Bennett brothers on Wednesday.

Michael was traded from the Seahawks to the Eagles, while Martellus was released by the Patriots. If the two brothers had their way, they would have ended up teammates next year in New England.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the two were trying to play together with the Patriots.

"This was a complicated situation," Rapoport said on NFL Network Thursday. "First of all, the Bennett brothers were going nuts trying to get it somehow so they could play together on the Patriots. I know Martellus Bennett was talking about taking less salary, trying to stick around so the Patriots could then trade for his brother. ... Now, from what I am told, this was basically done, a done deal between the Seahawks and Eagles -- this was Tuesday morning.

"Then the Patriots came in late and said, 'Well, maybe we'll give you this' -- a little bit better draft-pick compensation. The problem was the [Seahawks-Eagles] deal was basically already done. ... The Seahawks are honorable people and they did the deal that was basically consummated earlier."

Martellus is now a free agent after the Patriots got his $6 million cap hit for 2018 off the books.

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