Bennett then suffered a mystery shoulder injury at the Packers' first practice coming out of the bye, and he missed Monday night's loss to the Detroit Lions. It ended a tumultuous stay in Green Bay for Bennett, who signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Packers as a free agent in March.
Last season, Bennett had a career year with the Patriots as they went on to win another Super Bowl title in the Tom Brady era.
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".
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A 2014 Pro Bowl choice, Bennett has 427 catches for 4,520 yards and 30 touchdowns in 142 career games.
The Packers waived him Wednesday with a "failure to disclose physical condition" status, hours after coach Mike McCarthy said Bennett wouldn't play this weekend against the Bears due to a shoulder injury. That team released him Wednesday in a surprise move. The Patriots should easily be able to make use of Bennett in two tight end sets alongside Rob Gronkowski.
Bennett does come with some concerns.
Still, the fact Green Bay cut Bennett before he was even one full year into his contract surprised many. Over the course of all 16 regular-season games in 2016-17, Bennett registered 55 receptions on 73 targets in addition to recording 701 yards and seven scores. He is the brother of the Seahawks' Michael Bennett, who has sat during the anthem.