The NFC North team has chose to waive the tight end which they signed to a three-year, $21 million contract back in March because he failed to disclose a medical condition.
Bennett has recently dealt with a shoulder injury that has kept him out of games. He also sat out Monday's 30-17 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Bennett was a key figure in the Patriots' Super Bowl-winning season in 2016, as he ranked second on the team in receiving yards (701) and first in touchdown catches (seven).
While it remains to be seen how that ailment will affect Bennett's availability going forward, scooping him up now is a classic Patriots move.
He said in the post a few weeks ago: "After conversations with my family I'm pretty sure these next 8 games will be the conclusion of my National Football League career". Bennett dropped a few passes, but was an asset in the running game. These next games are for you.
Earlier this season, Bennett suggested he was considering retirement after the 2017 season. "There's a number of opinions that he's working through", McCarthy said of the 30-year-old Bennett. In 16 appearances (12 starts), Bennett would haul in 55 receptions for 501 yards and seven TDs. The Packers could go after the prorated amount of that signing bonus, $4.2 million.
Martellus Bennett is headed back to New England. "I think that will happen before my body gives out". The man who replaced him in New England this season Dwayne Allen has yet to catch a single pass.