Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Giants will lose Martellus Bennett to Bears
By Dan Graziano
It appears as though tight end Martellus Bennett's stay with the New York Giants has lasted just one season. According to ESPNChicago.com, Bennett has agreed in principle on an unrestricted free-agent deal with the Chicago Bears.
The Giants signed Bennett away from the Dallas Cowboys last year because they saw him as a young, talented, physical player who could certainly help them as a run-blocker and hopefully help in the passing game as a receiver. He played well, and likely exceeded expectations in the passing game, but tight end is not a position on which the Giants like to spend significant resources. So when Bennett decided he wanted to test the open market, the Giants decided to let him do that and move on without him. The Giants are likely to go with their fourth different starting tight end in as many years now, but they tend to cite the past production of Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Bennett as proof that quarterback Eli Manning can get sufficient production out of the tight end position no matter who's in there.
I'd expect the Giants to find a tight end on the free-agent market or maybe in the draft, but I wouldn't expect a big-money deal for a free agent or a first-round tight end. Again, this isn't one of the positions on which the Giants like to spend significant resources.
The Giants also have agreed on a one-year contract with cornerback Aaron Ross, who played the first five years of his career with the Giants and won two Super Bowls before leaving last year as a free agent for Jacksonville. The Jaguars released Ross a couple of days ago and he returns home to bolster the Giants' cornerback corps behind Corey Webster and Prince Amukamara.