New England Patriots

Field Yates of ESPN reported on Wednesday that the Patriots are releasing tight end Martellus Bennett.

The move does not come as a surprise, as it frees up just under $6 million in cap space for the Pats, giving them about $23 million total to work with. Bennett also leaves no dead money against the cap.

So if he’s serious about returning to the Patriots and the team is also interested, they’ll have to work out a new deal.

What Now?

Dwayne Allen could be the next domino to fall at the tight end position, where both the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski have decisions to make this offseason. Cutting him would also cost nothing on the cap and save them another $5 million.

It’s possible that the Pats sniff around on the free-agent market for tight ends, and they could very well draft one too. But as always, the biggest concern at the position lies with Gronk.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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