Patriots TE Martellus Bennett supposedly told teams not to claim him

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Bennett suited up for the Patriots on Sunday night just three days after New England claimed him off waivers following his release from the Green Bay Packers.

Bennett apparently told his agent to notify teams that he didn't want to be claimed because surgery was on its way.

"When Bill called and said they had claimed, I said, 'No f-ing way, '" Bennett said.

One of the Patriots' most unique players from the 2016 season is back.

In a series of Instagram posts last week, Bennett accused the Packers of choosing money over his health. Criticized the Green Bay medical staff, for which he got a ton of blowback from longtime Packers.

Bennett said he still doesn't know what he's going to do, but he thinks he should still get the surgery. Some skeptics found the timing suspicious. It's more likely that he is far less willing to play through injury in order to catch passes from Brett Hundley than he is to do so on a team quarterbacked by Tom Brady.

"It was just about the injury". "I got criticism from all of my former organizations, so, I mean, f-- it at this point. Just go out and get some snaps.' I think he knows how to talk to me, too, so I'm like, 'All right, I'll go out there'".

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"After trying to get [the shoulder surgically] fixed and getting waived, you've got that vengeance in your heart like, 'All right, that's how you're going to do it?"

"I've been working with Dr. McKenzie for 13 years, and as well as being a phenomenal doctor, he's also become a close friend", writes Aaron Rodgers on Instagram. I didn't trust him.

Martellus Bennett walks off the field after the Patriots' 41-16 win over the Denver Broncos.

After the game, Bennett reiterated that his shoulder is injured, telling reporters that he went to six or seven doctors seeking opinions on whether he should have season-ending surgery.

The Packers gave Bennett a $6.3 million signing bonus in March. "And I told him, and then we had a quick conversation, and I was like, 'Let me think about it, and I will call you back'".

Former Packer Tom Crabtree has not shied away from calling Bennett a "liar" and a "fraud" on Twitter.

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