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The Patriots apparently won’t have two sets of brothers in their building for the 2019 season.
Former New England tight end Martellus Bennett put to rest rumors that he might come out of retirement to join brother Michael, recently acquired by the Super Bowl champions, in Foxborough.
Martellus Bennett wrote in an Instagram post that, as compelling as the idea of playing with Michael was, it wasn’t sufficient to lure him away from his multimedia company and new passion, authoring books for children.
“I would love to play ball with my brother it would truly be a dream come true,” wrote Bennett. “But my biggest dream is to change lives with my creativity and that is what I am currently doing …
“These kids don’t need another athlete to look up to or to aspire to be there’s plenty of inspiration out there for that. I want to inspire the next wave of creatives. The storytellers. The engineers. The designers. The doctors. The filmmakers. The composers. Tech moguls. And maybe a few athletes who like me never felt like they belonged in a locker room.”
The Bennett brothers haven’t been teammates since 2005-07, when both played for Texas A&M.
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Martellus was a second-round pick of the Cowboys in 2008 and also had stints with the Giants, Bears and Packers before retiring after the 2017 season. Michael went undrafted in 2009 but was signed by the Seahawks. He made his NFL debut with the Buccaneers before returning to Seattle, where he became a three-time Pro Bowler. He played in Philadelphia last season.
The Patriots currently employ the McCourty twins, defensive backs Devin and Jason. Tight end Jacob Hollister is also on the roster, but his brother, wide receiver Cody Hollister, was not tendered a contract and is now a free agent.