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Martellus Bennett reportedly wants to play next season

Ryan Hannable
February 23, 2018 - 11:03 am

Could Martellus Bennett play for the Patriots in 2018? It's possible.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Bennett wants to continue playing despite contemplating retirement last season. The tight end was released by the Packers with a "failure to disclose a physical condition" designation in November before signing with the Patriots. He had a public feud with the Packers training staff about how they handled his injuries.

Bennett said he wanted to have surgery to repair his injured shoulder, but the Packers training staff pressured him to play. After playing in two games with New England, he was placed on injured reserve due to his shoulder, as well as a hamstring injury.

The 30-year-old is due $2 million on March 14 as a roster bonus, so the Patriots will have a decision to make at that time. His cap hit is $6.2 million for the year, so the Patriots could save themselves some money if they were to release him.

Given Rob Gronkowski's uncertainty, perhaps the Patriots would be more inclined to keep him around.

This is Bennett's second tenure with the Patriots, as in 2016 he caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns.

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