The Packers signed Bennett on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Shortly after word leaked that negotiations between the Packers and tight end Jared Cook had deteriorated, general manager Ted Thompson arguably upgraded the position with the addition of Bennett. Although Bennett served as the Patriots' No. 1 TE for much of last season with Rob Gronkowski (back) sidelined for much of it, the former still racked up 55 receptions (on 73 targets) for 701 yards and a career-best seven touchdowns. Exchanging Tom Brady for Aaron Rodgers shouldn't hinder Bennett's volume in the slightest, even with Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb on his side.
Bennett said he will be moving on from New England, Patriots.com reports. After acquiring Dwayne Allen in a trade with Indianapolis, the Patriots presumably won't be willing to meet Bennett's asking price. Boasting a strong track record along with a well-rounded skill set, the soon-to-be 30-year-old won't have any trouble finding a starting job and a hefty multi-year deal. Bennett is almost universally viewed as the top tight end on the free agent market.
Bennett is a possible target for Jacksonville or Oakland, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports. The Patriots remain interested in bringing back Bennett, but he may be looking to cash in after a Super Bowl win.
Bennett (knee) secured five of six targets for 62 yards in the Patriots' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime victory over the Falcons. In a game where Tom Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards, Bennett got his share of looks and was largely effective with them. He also was notably targeted on two potential game-winning passes in overtime, drawing a key pass interfence penalty on the first one that gave the Patriots the ball at the Falcons' two-yard line. The veteran tight end was a serviceable target for Brady despite playing with numerous injuries during the second half of the season, hauling in 55 of 73 targets for 7-1 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns.
Bennett (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl LI against the Falcons. Bennett's practice reps have been hampered by a knee injury since the Patriots' divisional-round win versus the Texans. An important cog in the protection of quarterback Tom Brady, Bennett has only been a modest option as a pass-catcher with Rob Gronkowski (back) out of commission, surpassing 35 yards receiving once and scoring three touchdowns over the last nine games. No matter, Bennett will be facing a Falcons defense that has conceded 11.4 YPC and 10 touchdowns to tight ends to this point in the campaign.
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