Giants lose Martellus Bennett

Updated: March 13, 2013, 10:30 AM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

The New York Giants will lose a key free agent in Martellus Bennett, but they are bringing back an old friend in Aaron Ross.

The Giants will be looking for a new starting tight end after Bennett agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bears, an NFL source told ESPNChicago.com.

Bennett tweeted that he was going to join friend Brandon Marshall but that, "No deal done. Just know that's where I wanna be."

For the third straight year, Eli Manning will have a new starting tight end. The Giants have lost Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and now Bennett in successive years. The team currently has Bear Pascoe, unproven second-year player Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell at tight end.

Before news broke that Bennett was leaving for Chicago, the Giants came to a one-year agreement with Ross, sources confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.

One year after leaving the Giants in free agency to join the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ross is returning to the team he helped win two Super Bowls and was originally selected by as a first-round draft pick in 2007.

The move, pending Ross passing his physical, was first reported by USA Today.

The Giants addressed a need by adding much-needed depth and experience to their cornerback position. Ross, recently released by Jacksonville, had 37 tackles in 14 games -- nine starts -- last season for the Jaguars. He has 10 career interceptions, all in five seasons with the Giants.

Ross joins Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Jayron Hosley and Terrell Thomas, who is attempting another comeback from a third ACL surgery on his right knee. Ross started 15 games and had a career-high four interceptions in 2011 for the Giants after Thomas was lost for the season with a knee injury.

The biggest priority for the Giants in free agency is re-signing left guard Kevin Boothe, who is expected to see what his market value is.

The Giants also re-signed veteran running back Ryan Torain to a one-year deal, according to a source. Torain was a restricted free agent, but the Giants did not tender him, instead opting to re-sign him for depth at running back.

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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