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Martellus Bennett signs deal with Packers

New England Patriots' Martellus Bennett wears a NASA

New England Patriots' Martellus Bennett wears a NASA hat during Opening Night for the Super Bowl at Minute Maid Park Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Houston. Credit: AP / David J. Phillip

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have signed Martellus Bennett, giving quarterback Aaron Rodgers a prolific pass-catching target at tight end.

Terms of the deal were not announced by general manager Ted Thompson.

The addition of Bennett likely means that last year’s starter, Jared Cook, won’t return to Green Bay. Cook became a favorite option down the stretch for Rodgers.

But Bennett should be more than capable of making up for Cook’s production on a team with annual Super Bowl aspirations.

The nine-year veteran Bennett played last season for New England, making 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns over 16 games.

Bennett has 403 receptions and 30 touchdowns, averaging 10.6 yards a catch. He has 50-plus receptions in each of the past five seasons.


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