Martellus Bennett Told Teams Not To Claim Him Before Signing With Patriots

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The outspoken tight end started the week dealing with a serious injury in Green Bay that may have been career-ending, and finished the week making three catches for 38 yards with the Patriots.

He addressed his issues with Green Bay's decision to waive him, which prompted a profane Instagram rant, and returning to New England when he spoke to reporters after the Patriots' 41-16 blowout win in Denver. Bennett took part in the first practice after the bye. Bennett faces the Raiders in Mexico City next week. Last week, he said three of those doctors advised him to get the procedure, which he ultimately informed the Packers that he meant to do. It is pretty unbelievable to think that you can pick a player up on a (Thursday) and he can contribute on Sunday.

Even then, Bennett told the Pats coach he wanted to think about it some more.

"When Bill called and said they had claimed, I said, 'No f-ing way, '" Bennett said.

Bennett's injury appeared to flare up after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone.

"I talked to six or seven doctors about it, and it could go either way, and it was one of those things that I felt like should get fixed", Bennett said. We had a quick conversation and I was just like, 'Let me think about it and I'll call you back'. He was talking to companies like Netflix about taking a desk job for the remainder of the season while he recovered from surgery and had already accepted his fate. But the group of guys here on this team, there couldn't be a better place for me with what I'm going through right now and that situation.

"I got criticism from all of my former organizations", Bennett said, via the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.

But if a veteran like Allen can turn it around, it'd be yet another boost for the Patriots during the second half. "Sometimes, you're rewarded with a touchdown". He returned to the game to nab one more grab. So they tried to f- me before they thought I would f- them. He care's about the player's health and well-being and supports their best interests, not that of the team. He is a great player and was for us past year.

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