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Martellus Bennett plans to donate jersey sales profits to after school programs 03.25.17 at 5:48 pm ET
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Just from his one year in New England, it’s well known Martellus Bennett is a very charitable guy.

The tight end is continuing his efforts in Green Bay.

On Saturday, Bennett said on Twitter he plans to donate all the money he makes as commission on his jersey sales to after school programs he’s working to put together.

Bennett added he got the idea from his brother Michael, who is donating all his endorsement money to charity this season.

He will be wearing No. 80 with the Packers.

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Martellus Bennett blasts NFL on Twitter for making players watch video on how to celebrate properly 03.23.17 at 11:49 am ET
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On Wednesday, it was learned the NFL is cracking down again on celebrations and to help with this will show proper ways to celebrate in videos shown to NFL teams during training camp.

This will be included in the video that goes over new rule changes for the upcoming season.

Former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett didn’t appear thrilled with the idea, going off on the NFL on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

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Martellus Bennett appears to be joining Packers 03.10.17 at 6:36 pm ET
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Martellus Bennett has found a new home.

Bennett posted to Instagram a picture of him with a Packers hat Friday night, and then ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed, the former Patriots tight end will be signing with Green Bay.

This a good landing spot for Bennett, as he will contend for another Super Bowl and have Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback. The Patriots traded for Dwayne Allen this week, Bennett’s likely replacement in New England.

@packers happy birthday me. Lol

A post shared by Martellus Bennett (@martellusb) on

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Martellus Bennett says bye to New England on Twitter 03.08.17 at 11:26 pm ET
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After the Patriots traded for tight end Dwayne Allen it became a formality Martellus Bennett would not be signing a contract with the team.

Late Thursday night, Bennett essentially confirmed that with a few tweets thanking the fans. It was a win-win situation for both Bennett and the team in 2016, as the Patriots won the Super Bowl and because of that and a productive year, Bennett likely has earned himself more money this offseason.

Here’s what Bennett had to say.

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What does reported trade for TE Dwayne Allen mean for Patriots? at 5:33 pm ET
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Dwayne Allen is a great fit for the Patriots. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports)

Dwayne Allen is a great fit for the Patriots. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports)

For the second straight offseason, the Patriots have reportedly traded for a tight end.

According to multiple reports, New England has acquired tight end Dwayne Allen and a sixth-round pick from the Colts in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

This is a great deal for New England, who didn’t give up much at all to get the 27-year-old tight end.

Allen has three years remaining on his contract, which has him being paid $4.9 million next season, $5 million in 2018 and $7.4 million in 2019. The tight end is coming off his best year in the NFL, as he caught 35 passes for 406 yards and six touchdowns. Standing 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, Allen is also one of the best blockers in the league, which just adds to his skill set.

“I’ve been really impressed with Allen’s blocking,” Bill Belichick said in 2014 before a meeting with the Colts. “I think he’s one of the best blocking tight ends that we’ll see.”

He was dispensable because new Colts general manager Chris Ballard signed tight end Jack Doyle to a three-year extension on Tuesday and they didn’t see a need for two quality tight ends. (Some may forget Ryan Grigson is no longer with the organization.)

“I’m both humbled and excited for the challenge ahead of earning the right to be called a New England Patriot,” Allen said in a tweet.

So, what does this mean for the Patriots?

First off, it means they will once again have one of the better tight end duos in all of football with Allen and Rob Gronkowski. When Gronkowski was healthy last year, the Patriots ran a lot of two tight end sets, especially in goal line situations and that likely will continue again in 2017. Before Martellus Bennett joined the team last year, New England struggled to find someone who could team up with Gronkowski to form a solid combination and clearly once they did last season it paid off.

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Martellus Bennett’s reported asking price appears too much for Patriots 03.07.17 at 2:45 pm ET
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Martellus Bennett reportedly is seeking $9 million per season. (WEEI.com)

Martellus Bennett reportedly is seeking $9 million per season. (WEEI.com)

Martellus Bennett had a productive first season in New England, especially battling through injuries to play in every game.

There would be interest for Bennett to return to New England on a new contract, but it doesn’t look like that will happen.

Speaking on the NFL Network Tuesday, NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo said Bennett is seeking $9 million per year with his next contract.

With Rob Gronkowski already on the books to make $24 million over the next three seasons, it doesn’t seem like a match for the Patriots. If Bennett would be willing to make less than $8 million a year, it would seem the Patriots would love to have him back, but with him turning 30 this week it would appear he wants to cash in with one last decent-sized deal.

There is sure to be interest in Bennett across because he showed he can still play at a high level and is coming off winning the Super Bowl.

In his first season with the Patriots, Bennett caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Rob Gronkowski weighs in on Martellus Bennett’s impending free agency 02.26.17 at 3:10 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski hopes to see Martellus Bennett get a big contract in free agency. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski hopes to see Martellus Bennett get a big contract in free agency. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

It wasn’t all fun and games for Rob Gronkowski at the Daytona 500 this weekend.

Gronkowski was asked for his thoughts on Martellus Bennett as the tight end enters free agency.

“I’m hoping that he breaks the bank,” Gronkowski said, via ESPN. “Whenever you see a tight end break the bank, it’s good for the industry, it’s good for the position. You want to see the position grow.”

If Bennett does indeed break the bank this offseason, it likely won’t be with the Patriots.

“I want to see him do whatever he’s got to do,” Gronkowski said. “I don’t make the calls.”

Gronkowski and Bennett played just eight games together in 2016 as the Arizona product dealt with hamstring and back injuries this year. Bennett battled through injuries himself, but was able to play in all 16 games. He caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns.

As it relates to his next contract, Bennett made just over $5 million this past season and coming off the season he had will likely want to make more per year with his next contract. Being 30 years old, it likely won’t be a megadeal, but he should be able to cash in.

Gronkowski currently is signed through the end of 2019 with cap hits of $6.75 million in 2017, $11 million in 2018 and $12 million in 2019.

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