Patriots release tight end Martellus Bennett

The news came shortly after Bennett's brother was traded to the Eagles.

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Martellus Bennett walks off the field after a 41-16 win over the Denver Broncos last November. –Justin Edmonds / Getty Images

Michael Bennett isn’t the only member of the Bennett family on the move.

The Patriots announced Wednesday evening that they are releasing tight end Martellus Bennett, ending his brief second stint with the team. ESPN’s Field Yates first reported the move Wednesday afternoon.

Bennett, who won a Super Bowl in his first year with the Patriots, had rejoined the team midseason last November after being cut by the Green Bay Packers. He was placed on injured reserve after playing two games for New England. The 30-year-old had previously announced plans to retire after the 2017 season, but reportedly wanted to keep playing as of last month and would have been owed a $2 million roster bonus next Wednesday.


The news of Bennett’s release Wednesday came roughly two hours after reports that his older brother, Michael, a three-time Pro-Bowl defensive end, had been traded by the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

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Dear Seattle, #12s, You have meant so much to me and my family! I thank you from the bottom of my heart. First and foremost I want to thank my wife and family, for always supporting me and helping guide me in every situation. My wife is the backbone of our family and I am truly blessed to have her and our three daughters. I of course want to thank Paul Allen, Pete Carroll, John Schneider, Peter McLoughlin, Erik Kennedy and Mo Kelly for bringing me to the Seahawks and giving me the opportunity to help bring Seattle their first Championship. My teammates. My brothers! More important than any championship or ring are the relationships I have made with the men in that locker room. We experienced marriages, births, deaths, and everything in between, and those are moments I will cherish forever. Last but certainly not least, to the City of Seattle, one of the best in the world. You fans are world class. The way you support us players on and off the field, helping to build bridges across our communities and understand what it means to give back and be community-minded. I am forever grateful for allowing me to grow and evolve in this time that I’ve had with you. I expanded my family in this city, I had one of my babies here. This truly was home for us and it’s been such an incredible five years. I want to assure you that the work we have started here with The Bennett Family Foundation will not stop. We are committed to this city, community and the schools we serve. It’s been a blessing to be able to meet so many great people through our work, and share our passion and dedication to better the World, and we look forward to meeting so many more of you. We are just getting started. We thank you, we love you, God Bless! Love, Black Santa

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