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Chiefs explored adding Martellus Bennett before Patriots claimed him

Martellus Bennett, left, returned to the New England Patriots after being waived by Green Bay. The Chiefs also had interest in the veteran tight end.
Martellus Bennett, left, returned to the New England Patriots after being waived by Green Bay. The Chiefs also had interest in the veteran tight end. AP

It’s been a whirlwind week for veteran tight end Martellus Bennett, who was waived by the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday and immediately claimed by the New England Patriots, for whom he caught three passes for 38 yards in a 41-16 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Did the Chiefs, who love to use multi-tight end sets, think about making a move on Bennett? To hear coach Andy Reid tell it, they did.

“We looked at that as a potential (move),” Reid said. “(But) he’s in a good place. It worked out good for him.”

Reid did not divulge the reasons why the Chiefs didn’t put in a claim for Bennett. The 10-year pro has caught 430 passes for 4,558 yards and 30 touchdowns in his career but was released last week with a failure-to-disclose-injury designation related to a shoulder ailment.

Being cut annoyed Bennett, who blasted the Packers and claimed they knew about the injury when they signed him to a three-year, $21 million deal this offseason. Bennett said he planned on having the shoulder fixed, which would end his season, but decided to play through it when the Patriots –– the team he won a Super Bowl with last season –– claimed him.

Regardless, the Chiefs decided to go with what they have. Travis Kelce is a Pro Bowl talent who has played nearly 90 percent of their offensive snaps this year, while Demetrius Harris has played 49 percent, which would be a career-high. No. 3 tight end Ross Travis has played 12.5 percent of the team’s snaps, which also would be a career high.

Practice squad moves

The Chiefs made some practice squad moves Monday, waiving receiver Amba Etta-Tawo and offensive lineman Nick Becton to make room for cornerback Will Redmond and receiver Devin Lucien.

The Chiefs also lost defensive lineman Daniel Ross from their practice squad last Saturday. Thomas signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

Reid wishes Yost well

Reid said he spoke to Royals manager Ned Yost, who said he broke his pelvis and nearly died after falling from a tree last week on his farm in Georgia.

Yost said he survived the fall in a remote area of his property only because he had a cellphone on him, and was able to call his wife, who summoned the emergency medical team that arrived in a helicopter.

“Our thoughts go out to Ned Yost,” Reid said. “I had a chance to reach out and talk to him. I’m just glad he’s on the mend here. That’s quite a deal. He’s lucky for cellphones and modern technology.”

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