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No evidence of Patriots tampering with Martellus Bennett, according to NFL

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Shortly after the Green Bay Packers parted ways with veteran tight end Martellus Bennett last week, he was scooped up off waivers by his most recent employer, the New England Patriots.

This move raised a few eyebrows given that he played last year with New England before signing with the Packers in the offseason, only to get out after Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone. According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, the NFL clarified that there was no tampering involved in the signing of the 30-year-old.

On an NFL media conference call today, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe asked league spokesman Joe Lockhart if there are any tampering issues surrounding the Patriots and Bennett. Lockhart’s answer was an emphatic, “No.”

Although Bennett saw much of his time with the Packers marred with injuries, tallying just 24 catches for 233 yards in seven games, he immediately picked up where he left off in New England with three catches for 38 yards. He had been quite vocal about his time in Green Bay, stating that the team pressured him to play through a shoulder injury this season.

He figures to remain a prominent factor in the passing game alongside fellow tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Dwyane Allen. His production should continue to pick up as he receives more playing time, as he may eventually supplant Allen for the backup spot behind Gronkowski.

The Patriots (7-2) are set to play the Oakland Raiders (4-5) on Sunday afternoon in the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.