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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