New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is due to hit the NFL free agent market a year after being traded to the team. Reportedly, the Patriots will not want to pay his asking price, so he is likely to be on his way out of New England. Bennett is turning 30 soon, so his market is probably going to start declining, along with his game. But there is one good spot for him to land.
The New York Giants are the team he broke out with in 2012. Necessity has come calling; they would be an excellent fit. New York needs tight end help badly, and Bennett would be just the right player to help fix that. A bonus is that the veteran would also be around to mentor the Giants’ young tight ends – Will Tye, Jerell Adams, and Matt LaCosse.
With Eli Manning’s career coming to a close in the near future, the Giants will do anything they can to try to prolong their competitive window. Adding a good tight end will help immensely, as that tends to be one of Manning’s favorite spots to throw. Adding a red-zone target like Bennett, with his 6’6″ frame, should instantly help the Giants’ woes near the end zone.
Bennett is not going to be cheap to acquire. However, his asking price will probably be something the team can afford. It’s likely his new contract will be similar to Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta’s $6.5 million per year. Taking into account age and market, Bennett’s value is estimated to be about $6 million per year, according to Spotrac. That isn’t a huge number, but it’s nothing to scoff at either. That figure would place him 16th among tight ends in annual salary.
If they find the cap room, the former Giants TE could be on his way back to New York to re-unite with Manning. But this time, he’ll have Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard around to help draw attention away from him.