The lanky, athletic, pass-catching tight end has become the fashionable new offensive toy in the NFL. And the Giants apparently want one.
Free agent Martellus Bennett, who spent the first four years of his career as a backup behind Jason Witten with the Cowboys, is scheduled to visit with the Giants. He'll land in New Jersey this evening and will probably wait until a more civilized hour on Wednesday to actually meet with the Giants. Sources confirmed the visit which was first reported by ESPNDallas.com.
Bennett is a 6-foot-6, 270-pounder who may be best known for displaying a poor attitude as a 20-year-old rookie when the Cowboys starred in HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” He had 85 catches for 846 yards in his career with the Cowboys, and scored his only four touchdowns as a rookie. Last season he had 17 catches for 144 yards.
Bennett has expressed a desire to be a starter and believes he can be a 60-catch tight end. The Giants might not normally need Bennett, but with tight ends Jake Ballard and Travid Beckum both suffering torn ACLs in the Super Bowl and not expected back until at least midway through the 2012 season, the Giants had a hole to fill. Bennett may wind up outside the Giants’ price range.
Then again, the Giants and most other NFL teams are getting an extra $1.6 million towards their salary cap this year after the Cowboys and Redskins were penalized for front-loading contracts during the uncapped season. It could very well be the space provided by the Cowboys that allows the Giants room to fit Bennett onto their roster.