Martellus Bennett: 3 potential landing spots for the free agent TE

Expectations were sky-high for Martellus Bennett in 2017 after the Pro Bowl tight end signed with the Green Bay Packers last offseason. Instead, the Packers have decided to part ways with Bennett halfway through his first season with the franchise.

According to multiple sources (including Field Yates of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network), Bennett was released with a failure to disclose designation.

The designation essentially opens the door for the Packers to attempt to recoup some of the $8 million they have already the former Texas A&M tight end.

It also means that Bennett will be subject to waivers, meaning that any team in the league can attempt to claim him and pay him the remainder of his current three-year, $21 million contract.

Teams will likely have reservations about the shoulder injury Bennett has been dealing with, but there is no denying his ability when healthy.

With that being the case, here are three teams that make sense as potential landing spots for Bennett.

New England Patriots

The Patriots took some heat for letting Bennett walk last offseason, but as it turns out, it looks like they made the right move. I highly doubt Belichick will want to add Bennett’s current contract to his team’s books, but if the 30-year-old tight end clears waivers, New England would make perfect sense as a landing spot – especially with Dwayne Allen struggling to find a role in Josh McDaniels’ offense.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos may not be Bennett’s first choice of landing spots given their 3-5 overall record, but they do have an obvious need for an every-down tight end. Denver is also in a situation where they could conceivably attempt to claim Bennett off waivers.

Seattle Seahawks

In my eyes, Seattle may be the most likely landing spot for Bennett. They have a need for another tight end with Jimmy Graham being more of a situational player at this point in his career, but the more obvious draw to the Seahawks for Bennett would be the fact that he could play with his brother, Michael, for the remainder of what could be his final NFL season.

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