The New England Patriots acquired TE Dwayne Allen from the Indianapolis Colts, a clear sign that the team was moving on from TE Martellus Bennett. Bennett played one year with the Patriots and won a Super Bowl title.
Bennett took to Twitter to share his thoughts in the wake of the trade.
I'm going to miss you Mass-Holes. T'was Fun. Thank you for the good times. To infinity and beyond...— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 9, 2017
We'll always dance together. Mahhhtyyy out. Drops mic. Lol. pic.twitter.com/ytCzd0SwUE— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 9, 2017
Bennett was nothing but class to the Patriots organization during his stay and the separation only comes down to dollar signs. Bennett won his Super Bowl and there are multiple teams in free agency that are willing to pay much more than the Patriots for his services.
The Patriots acquired Bennett and a 2016 6th round draft pick from the Chicago Bears in exchange for a 2016 4th round draft pick (sound familiar?) and many expected a return of the Patriots famed two-tight end offense. TE Rob Gronkowski couldn’t stay on the field due to injury, which led Bennett to become the team’s primary tight end for most of the season.
Bennett finished the year with 55 receptions for 701 yards and 7 touchdowns, the third-most productive season of his career. He chipped in 11 receptions for 98 yards in the playoffs.
Look for Bennett to reunite with his former coach Tom Coughlin down in Jacksonville, or for a team like the Oakland Raiders to be in hot pursuit.
Best of luck to Bennett wherever he ends up.