New England Patriots release tight end Martellus Bennett
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By Kenneth Teape

The New England Patriots have released tight end Martellus Bennett.

The New England Patriots house cleaning in preparation for free agency began this week. Defensive end Alan Branch was the first casualty, as his option for 2018 was not picked up. Wide receiver Kenny Britt did have his option picked up, so he will be with the team to begin the new league year.

Branch will not be the only Patriots player hitting free agency on March 14th. Today, he was joined by another teammate.

The Patriots announced that they will be releasing tight end, Martellus Bennett. Mike Reiss of ESPN shared the news.

The release of Bennett is a move that was expected to happen. He was set to receive a $2 million roster bonus on March 14. Bennett was also due $3.6 million in his case salary and up to $2.6 million in incentives. For a player who is turning 31-years old on March 10th, the Patriots were unwilling to pay that.

The Patriots are cash-strapped, as they are near the bottom of the NFL in salary cap room. With the release of Bennett, the Patriots are near $23 million in cap space according to...

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