Martellus Bennett told teams not to claim him off waivers

Nov 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks to tight end Martellus Bennett (88) in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett says that he recently told teams not to claim him off waivers because he wanted to undergo surgery on his injured shoulder. However, the AFC East franchise claimed him anyway, via Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston.

“When Bill [Belichick] called and said they claimed me, I was like, ‘No [expletive] way,’” said Bennett. “Then he was like, ‘What’s going on?’ And I told him . . . We had a quick conversation and I was just like, ‘Let me think about it and I’ll call you back.’”

Bennett ultimately ended up back with New England after originally signing with the heralded franchise ahead of last season.

“Even then, it wasn’t like, ‘Hey, you want to come?’ It was like, ‘Let me just call you back in a few minutes. Give me a chance to think about it and regroup.’ Because I don’t even know if I went through the seven stages of grief yet. I’m probably on Step 3,” joked the 30-year-old.

Bennett, who was part of the Patriots’ Super Bowl winning team last year, is glad to be back.

“I think the group of guys on this team couldn’t be a better place for me to, with what I’m going through right now, this situation, it couldn’t be a better place for me, all the familiar faces and friends and things like that,” he said. “It’s been good to have those guys around.”

Bennett insists that his departure from the Green Bay Packers wasn’t about the franchise but was due to his shoulder issue.

“It wasn’t where I was, it was just about the injury,” he said. “It was like one of those things, I talked to six or seven doctors about it and it could go either way. It was like one of those things I felt I should get fixed. And then after trying to get it fixed and getting waived, you just get that vengeance in your heart. It’s just like, ‘All right, that’s how you’re going to do it? Then [expletive] it. Let’s go ball.’ ”

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