One of the big offseason additions for the Green Bay Packers is more than just a little familiar with the rest of the teams in the NFC North.
Veteran tight end Martellus Bennett is preparing for his 10th NFL season with his fifth franchise. This offseason, the unrestricted free agent inked a deal with the Green Bay Packers. Originally a second-round draft choice of the Cowboys in 2008, he’s blossomed as a pass-catcher since leaving Dallas in 2012 for the New York Giants. His travels have also taken him to Chicago and New England. A year ago, he was a member of the eventual Super Bowl champion Patriots.
“My journey’s just a little bit different than anybody else’s,” said Bennett this week to reporters, including Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “Different teams, different places, learned different things, different environments. They all made me a better person. I think there’s some privileges for being in one place for a long time, but there’s also privileges of being in several different systems and learning from several different people.”
With the Cowboys, Bennett totaled just 85 catches for 846 yards and four touchdowns in four seasons. Of course, playing alongside the likes of Jason Witten will limit your production. But over the past five years, the 30-year-old performer has racked up 318 receptions, good for 3,441 yards and 26 scores. Now he returns to the NFC North after a one-year absence. This past season with New England, the 6’7”, 248-pound downfield threat totaled 55 grabs for 701 yards and a team-best seven touchdowns.
Now Martellus Bennett will be catching passes from Aaron Rodgers in place of Tom Brady. That’s what you call the ultimate win-win. And if the Green Bay Packers get a big year from one of their newest tight ends and the defense ups its performance, Bennett will finish a season with a Super Bowl ring on his finger for a second straight season.
Russell S. Baxter covers the Green Bay Packers for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Packers news and features? Like our Packers Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_packers on Twitter.