LOS ANGELES - Martellus Bennett was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots on Thursday, just one day after the Green Bay Packers released the veteran tight end.
Bennett, who signed a three-year, $21-million contract in the offseason, rejoins the club he won a Super Bowl with last season.
The 30-year-old Bennett had just 24 receptions in seven games with the Packers but had not played since October 22. He was inactive for Monday night's loss to Detroit after being listed with a shoulder injury last week.
Last month, Bennett posted on Instagram that he was "pretty sure" he would retire at the end of the 2017 season.
Bennett made headlines earlier this season when he raised his fist and then sat down on the players bench during the national anthem.
To clear a roster spot for Bennett, New England released defensive lineman Geneo Grissom.