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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Expected to Pursue New York Giants Free Agent TE Martellus Bennett

February 10th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Casey Sherman

The New York Giants signed tight end Martellus Bennett away from the Dallas Cowboys in a free agency a year ago. The one-year deal proved to the Giants that Bennett was worthy of his contract, and should be worthy of a new contract. Meanwhile, Bennett has made it clear he loves playing for the Giants, and would love to remain one, but in the case that a new deal can't be reached, expect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to make a run at him.

In a Q&A with Tampa Bay Tribune writer Roy Cummings, a fan asked if the Buccaneers will attempt to lure Bennett to Tampa in free agency.

"I will be a little surprised if the Bucs don't target Bennett, and I can see them going after the cornerbacks you mentioned," the fan wrote.

"Remember, if the Bucs retain DE Michael Bennett – and my guess is they will go after his brother Martellus in the hopes of creating a package deal – they can use Michael Bennett and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim inside," Cummings replied.

Cummings alludes to the fact that Bennett's brother Michael already plays defensive end for the Bucs. And Martellus has mentioned previously that he'd always dreamed of playing in the NFL on the same team as his brother. With Osi Umenyiora's status as a Giant still up in the air, Big Blue could (keyword: could) look to Michael Bennett to replace him via free agency, helping Martellus' dream become a reality.

Of course, this is all pure speculation at this point. We here at Giants 101 believe Bennett produced at too high a level for the team not to re-sign him. Bennett answered all of his critics who called him lazy and unmotivated by having a break-out season. And most importantly of all, Bennett loves being a Giant and the fans love him and his colorful personality. Don't expect the Giants to let him go this offseason.

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4 Responses to “Tampa Bay Buccaneers Expected to Pursue New York Giants Free Agent TE Martellus Bennett”

  1.  G-MenFan says:

    Here comes Schiano and the Bucs targeting all things Giants again. FO personnel, coaches, players. Schiano would steal the team jockstrap hamper if he could get away with it.

    It’s nice to hate another team besides the Eagles and the Cowboys. It makes one more well-rounded.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    With the cap space the Bucs have if they really want Bennett they’re probably going to get him. They have plenty of room under the cap, and his brother. Better get used to the idea.

    We are quite possibly on the verge of seeing the Adrien “Smokey” Robinson (see the smoked defenders lay down a track of their tears) era begin. He, Pascoe, and a cheap veteran or Beckum or Donnell could be our trio of tight ends in 2013.

  3.  Krow says:

    Yep … if a team wants someone from us then they’re going to get them. Reese won’t over pay … well unless Coughlin has an available daughter.

    But I think Bennett is a fool to go to Tampa. The market is zero … and Schiano is a clown. The QB situation is in flux too. They’d better put a lot of money on the table.

  4.  CT GIANT says:

    Can’t even imagine after Jake Ballard fiasco that Reese would be fool enough to let this punk coach, who TC called out after there “trying to get ball” on a knell down play.
    Bennett is the best blocker I have ever seen at TE, and no way does TC approve
    of letting him go, cap or no cap, I’ll bet my 50+ years he stays put!
    If not, were looking at a MAJOR rebuilding plan, there is just so far you go, my bet is Bennett stays put!

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