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Martellus Bennett “Plans on Retiring” with the New York Giants

January 21st, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

'Martellus Bennett 2012 Shankbone' photo (c) 2012, David Shankbone - license: Tight end Martellus Bennett has only been with the New York Giants for one season, and despite facing a free agency period where he can likely cash in, the five-year veteran is already thinking about retiring in blue.

During a Q&A hosted on his Twitter – something he does daily – Bennett was asked by a fan "How do you feel about your chances of returning to the Giants?" Always honest and upfront, Bennett gave a very blunt answer.

"I plan on retiring here," Bennett tweeted.

After being underutilized in Dallas for four years, it should come as no real surprise that Bennett feels happy about his season in New York. After all, the Giants allowed him to go out and showcase his ability. Which, as we all witnessed, was far greater than anything shown during his caged time at Jerry World.

Bennett is not only a talented all-around tight end who specializes in blocking, but he's a hard-working, friendly, funny guy who seems to fit right in with Big Blue. In fact, he's the exact opposite of everything the Dallas media and their fans would have had you believe.

If the price is right, and the tight end has already said he'll consider making it right, then he is a must-sign for General Manager Jerry Reese.


Tags: Football, Jerry Reese, Martellus Bennett, New York, New York Giants, NFL

12 Responses to “Martellus Bennett “Plans on Retiring” with the New York Giants”

  1.  Krow says:

    Right attitude … right skill set … jaysus, Reese … will you please sign this guy.

  2.  kujo says:

    Really really love this guy. He’s the perfect Giant TE, for reasons that have been enumerated and discussed before. Really want him to stick around long term, and I’ll be truly disappointed if it doesn’t work out that way.

  3.  wlubake says:

    Hey! This got picked up by PFT.

  4.  demo3356 says:

    Bennet should be the first and easiest UFA to get resigned by JR

  5.  jfunk says:

    Reese has to find a way to get it done. It was so nice to finally have a legit two way threat at TE again, and one can’t discount the entertainment value he brings to the media coverage.

    Everything Dallas said about him was BS, same as when Canty walked. Cesspool of an organization.

  6.  wlubake says:

    The real question is whether Bennett wants to be here enough to give a home town discount. Clearly other teams will be calling his agent once free agency opens.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      You have to think he’ll give a bit of a discount to remain. The guy really loves it here and you can tell by how he handles the fans after games and at events. He’s genuine about his love of the area and fanbase. And he feels appreciated by the team.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Don’t discount how a player feels when he has gone from an organization that dumps on him and badmouths him to one that not only gives him a chance to play but also allows him to “be himself” both in the locker room and in public. Bennett has a lot of reasons to love it here, including his obvious opportunities after his career in football ends when the media gets their shot at an ex-player whom the fans love and is an absolute natural as a public personality.

    Outside of New York and a few other places Bennett’s fantastic personality might not be as appreciated, and his experience in Dallas demonstrated that to him. No way he wants to leave, and he has probably properly calculated that his chance for endorsement and other income outside of the NFL could easily make up any difference between what Reese will offer and what he could get elsewhere.

  8.  sonnymooks says:

    Bennet may want to stay just to be with the best TE coach possible, Mike Pope. Thats a big boost to Bennet, the biggest worries though are if another team offers a big contract and utilizes the TE in a pass heavy role. If a team is promising him alot more targets then the Giants (under Gilbride) will, AND more money, he has to consider it, as his agent will make him consider it.

    That said, the sooner the Giants move on this, the better.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Beatty is priority #1, but that may take some time to get done. Bennett sounds like he should be relatively “easy”, but as soon as agents get involved it’s never easy.

      I still think a lot is riding on what they think of Robinson. If he’s really “the JPP of tight ends” then he should be ready for a breakout season in 2013. I’ll believe it when I see it.

      •  sonnymooks says:

        If you could cut agents out totally, the sport would look very different. I’m not sure about the NFL CBA, but I do know, that in MLBs CBA, teams aren’t even allowed to talk to players directly about their contracts, if they do, a grievance can be filed against them, its almost like a restraining order.

        I think Robinson needs another year before he can “break out”, but he should see the field this year, keep Bennet as the number one, and make Robinson the number 2. In 2TE packages, goal line situations, etc, get him on the field and give him some chances as he develops. Learning from Mike Pope, and watching Bennet and getting practise reps should get him up to speed before the year is out.

        The real problem is Gilbride, he doesn’t like Tight Ends, and he never has, when he was the OC of the oilers, I remember him saying how he didn’t need them, and basically called the position a waste. I’m sure he isn’t as hostile to them now and has changed alot, but I do think he still looks down on the position and still has the attitude that a TE is a 6th lineman (when a a real offensive lineman would be a better option) and a lower tiered receiver (when having a real wide receiver would be a better option).

  9.  MauiOzzie says:

    Jerry should not only re-sign Martellus ASAP but tie in signing his DE brother, Michael, from Tampa Bay. THAT would be a beautiful thing! Two talented bros that have been under-appreciated with other organizations. That would solve 2 position problems right away!

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