Monday, March 12, 2012
Cowboys meet with Martellus Bennett
By Calvin Watkins
The Cowboys met with free agent tight end Martellus Bennett at Valley Ranch on Monday.
Bennett, drafted in the second round in 2008, said last week he doesn't expect to return to the Cowboys, but a source said the talks between the sides were productive.
Bennett said he wants to be "the man" in the offense, but that won't be the case with the Cowboys, where Jason Witten is the lead tight end.
"I want to be the No. 1 guy," Bennett said during a Friday appearance on PFT Live. "I feel like I'm a 60-catch-plus guy on a team, so I want to be in a system where I could do (that). I think a lot of people say the hybrid tight ends or the new type of tight ends are the ones to catch the ball, but I think the perfect tight ends are the ones who could actually block and do things with the ball after they catch it."
Last season, Bennett finished with just 17 catches for 144 yards and no touchdowns. In four NFL seasons, he has scored only four touchdowns, all coming during the 2008 season.
There seems to be a market for the athletic and underachieving tight end from Texas A&M, but with the Cowboys' recent salary cap issues developing, it appears unlikely he will return.