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New York Giants Hope to Re-Sign Tight End Martellus Bennett

February 8th, 2013 at 12:05 PM
By Dan Benton

'Martellus Bennett 2012 Shankbone' photo (c) 2012, David Shankbone - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ With backup tight end Bear Pascoe now re-signed, the New York Giants will likely turn their attention to Martellus Bennett, who's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on March 12th. And after a successful first year in blue, ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk reports the Giants are hopeful to re-sign him.

"The Giants hope to re-sign Bennett. If they are unable to re-sign Bennett, the Giants will likely have to search for another tight end. Bennett should be one of the Giants' priorities among their own free agents," Ohm wrote.

When you consider that Bennett had a career year in his first season with the team, and also take into account how complex the Giants' offense is, it bodes well for his future in New York. And despite a bad reputation coming out of Dallas, Bennett has been nothing but a model citizen and teammate, despite being extremely eclectic and vocal on social media.

In 16 games last season, Bennett hauled in 55 passes for 626 yards and five touchdowns. He did that while playing through an excruciatingly painful injury, and both the stats and toughness will be something other teams notice. As a result, Bennett will certainly get some looks from other teams around the league, but has already acknowledged he may give Big Blue a hometown discount.

"I’m happy I’ve been here and I want to be here for a long time," Bennett said in December. "But you all know how that goes."

His tune hasn't changed much as free agency approaches, and in late January, he told reporters that he would like to retire as a member of the New York Giants.

"I plan on retiring here," Bennett tweeted.

The Giants have a lot of decisions to make and need to prioritize them accordingly, but Bennett has earned his way towards the top of that list.

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34 Responses to “New York Giants Hope to Re-Sign Tight End Martellus Bennett”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    I worry about Tampa and someone mentioned Chicago has eyes on him too. I’m thinking he’s going to have to turn down a better offer to return. With Chicago in the picture I think Bennett returning is 50-50, only because he stated he wants to retire here. Tampa has not only the draw of the same offensive but the possibility of him playing with his brother.

  2.  The Original G Man says:

    Here’s Daniel Jeremiah’s mock draft. He’s a former Ravens scout who now works for NFL Network. I follow him on Twitter and he seems like a fairly sharp guy:

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/mock-drafts/daniel-jeremiah/165100

    Pick No. 19 NYG – Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
    The Giants could spend this pick on an offensive lineman, but Ogletree might be too intriguing to pass up. He has excellent size, range and explosiveness. If he just took on blocks with his hands instead of turning his shoulder, he would likely be a top-10 pick.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      can’t agree with a lot of these picks.

      Eagles aren’t passing up on Jake Lockel. Especially since they drafted two DT’s last year.

      Cowboys might gran Ansah, but after the combine he’ll scream up the draft boardsw.

      We are not using are #1 pick on Ogeltree.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Eagles are switching to a 3-4 so they need a NT. Those 4-3 DTs will become 3-4 DEs.

        Everyone knows Anash is extremely athletic so the combine actually could hurt him because expectations are so high for him.

        I don’t think any of us know who we will pick. Not many had us choosing Wilson last year. LB is a huge need it just depends how highly we rate Ogeltree.

  3.  Grateful Giants says:

    Hate to retread from a few pages back but…

    The collective wisdom on this board increases exponentially when Demo is on here.

    For anyone who thinks a RB shouldn’t need to block, just send him out on a screen, or swing pass, just ask Tony Romo how his collar bone felt after that FB missed one block.

    And As Demo said, what happens when they send 7-8 guys to get after the QB? You want to send your RB out on a pass pattern? So everytime a defense sends 7-8 people we throw a screen/swing pass, 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage where your QB is still at the risk of getting hit,and that’s a better idea than keeping one more in to block?

    I guarentee you 99 out of 100 times, when Eli sees that they are sending the house, he is attempting to audible the pass protection and telling that RB who to pick up. Wait a minute, that wasn’t a coaching decision?

    And finally, we have all just listed the successful blocking RBs this team has produced, Tiki, Jacobs, Bradshaw, can we give Coach Ingram a little credit, and trust that he knows A. how to scout/evaluate RB talent, and B. Teach them how to block as a RB?

  4.  F0XLIN says:

    MartyB himself just retweeted this

  5.  demo3356 says:

    Hope we resign the Black unicorn! Guy has quickly become one of my favorite Giants. Love to see what he could become when healthy in this offense

  6.  demo3356 says:

    I’ll keep pointing this out til it sits into the thick skulls of the resident arm chair head coaches
    1) Our Head coach refuses to feature a back that is not capable of pass protection and picking up the Blitz
    2) Our Franchise QB has the longest active streak (qb’s) in the NFL and has yet to miss a game due to injury
    3) Ask Michael Vick, RG Knee, Jay Cutler, Tony Romo, Matt Shaub, Big Ben, Mark Sanchez, Jake Locker, Matt Cassell, Tom Brady, Kevin Kolb, Alex Smith and aaron Rogers all of whom have missed games the last few years how hard that is to do and how valuable blitz pickup is

    •  Dirt says:

      If anyone disagrees with #1, they’re mistaken. However, I think some (myself included) haven’t concluded that Wilson is not capable, simply because there’s no film. He missed a block once, yes. Everyone does, especially Bradshaw, who put the ball on the ground more and missed a bunch more blocks than Wilson last year. But many feel like the blocking has served as a mere cover for a policy of not playing young offensive rookies.

  7.  F0XLIN says:

    I don’t think there is anyone on here that hated the signing more than I did, boy was I wrong. Everything I heard about him in Dallas was far from the truth in New York.

    I had a serious change of heart, even DVR’ed the Rachel Ray show to watch him on it last week.

    There were plenty of times it seemed him and Eli were not on the same page this year, in addition to his injury. I would love to see him healthy in this offense as well with a year under his belt

  8.  Chad Eldred says:

    I can’t wait until we sign Mike Wallace!

    •  demo3356 says:

      Yeah? You better start digging up the dead guy from 60 minutes now, because you have a better chance of seeing him start at WR for the NYG than the WR from the Steelers..

  9.  TheCatch says:

    This town loves it’s TE’s. The Black Unicorn will win this town over with another year of his tough productive play. Let’s hope it happens!!!

  10.  Krow says:

    The thing about Bennett is that he’s the perfect guy to make crazy endorsement dollars in NYC. He’s got a quirky personality that’s not going to play in most cities. But in the Big Apple he’s money. He’ll be raking it in 10 … 15 years from now.

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