Martellus Bennett may retire, still open to Patriots reunion

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Tight end Martellus Bennett played a key role in the Patriots' run to Super Bowl LI two years ago. Now a free agent once again, Bennett has said that he's contemplating retirement--but that he has discussed a return to New England.

Speaking to NFL Network's Rich Eisen, Bennett said that "Right now I’m just living life and trying to figure out what I want to do next...Is it to continue to play? Is it to explore other options? What is it that I want to do? After 10 years, you take such a toll not only on your body but mentally. So it’s just like where am I in a mental capacity overall? Is it something I want to continue to do?” The uncertainty is definitely warranted considering Bennett's recent injury history--he sat out much of the 2017 season with hamstring and shoulder problems.

However, Bennett didn't rule out the possibility of a reunion with the Patriots. Talking with Bill Simmons, the tight end did mention that New England "came up in conversation." Whether that means anything substantive, we'll have to wait and see.

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