Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Giants to sign Martellus Bennett
By Dan Graziano
After a day of meeting with the New York Giants in New Jersey, former Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett tweeted a short time ago that he was "officially a New York Giant!!" Bennett deleted the tweet soon thereafter, as he'd done Tuesday night with a tweeted photo he took from a plane as he arrived in the New York area, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the deal between Bennett and the Giants will be a one-year, $2.5 million contract once it is, in fact, official.
Good deal for the champs. Yes, Bennett was a disappointment in Dallas. But he's only 25 years old and he's an athlete of considerable physical talent. The Giants are a team that believes very strongly in the ability of its coaching staff and its quarterback to get the best out of players, and if they can get Bennett focused and dedicated, they could have a steal on their hands. If not, the deal appears to come with minimal risk. It doesn't lock them into Bennett beyond this season, and if he doesn't perform, they'll probably have injured tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum back at the end of the year and therefore plenty of options.
The Giants needed a tight end after losing Ballard and Beckum to knee injuries in the Super Bowl, and they got a young, cheap, talented one. We'll see if they continue to address the position in free agency or the draft, but they clearly targeted Bennett, and they got him locked up on the second day of free agency.