While Will Beatty may be the New York Giants most important free agent and Domenik Hixon is one of the more interesting free agent case studies, this next entry in our free agent profile series is undoubtedly the most fun: the one and only Black Unicorn himself, tight end Martellus Bennett.
Bennett's one season in Blue was widely seen as a tryout for a long-term deal and the initial reports are that both sides are interested in pursuing a long, happy life together. Bennett says he wants to retire a Giant and the team has expressed interest in retaining him.
The obvious fly in the ointment are other suitors: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are said to be interested in his services and are likely to not be alone in their pursuit…and we all know it only takes one team to pull out a megabucks deal to make Bennett think twice about his future.
That said, Bennett was slowed down last year by a nagging knee injury that limited his production down the stretch and as a result he's not hitting free agency on the back end of a huge, breakout season. It might save the Giants from having to match – or not match – a huge contract.
Armchair GM says:
His big personality rubbed some people the wrong way with the Dallas Cowboys and that was likely part of the reason he only got a "prove it" deal last year. But Bennett's seemingly fit in very well with the Giants: his personality seems to have been ingratiating to teammates and fans, and there haven't been professionalism issues. Bennett may have some suitors, but the Giants (who don't have an obvious replacement on the roster) will be the immediate favorite.
Given Bennett's affection for the cameras and his self-professed to desire to remain a member of the organization, it's likely he's a Giant come opening day 2013 and beyond.
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