NY Giants Sign TE Martellus Bennett
This is a smart move by the organization considering both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum suffered serious injuries during the Super Bowl and are not expected back at the start of the season.
Bennett is a talented player who has had limited opportunities in Dallas, playing behind TE Jason Witten does not afford backups much playing time. Martellus does come with a little baggage, in the past he has made negative comments which seem to have been directed towards Tony Romo. He had an incident where he posted nude photos of himself online, and has been criticized for not playing up to his potential. He has married and seems to have made changes in his life.
Before the 2011 season he said
I represent my wife. I really didn't care what anybody said about me until she started to care. I am more professional with all the things I want to do right now
Giants fans certainly hope he has matured and is sincere about being more professional. Martellus Bennett is 6'6" and 265 pounds, he is strong, athletic and has a lot of potential.
The Giants Organization realizes this can be a win/win situation. A one year contract which is relatively cheap (NFL terms), a player who has some experience and has played behind one of the best TE's in the league. Bennett realizes his chances are running out and needs to play his best in order to get either a contract extension from New York or a new contract from another NFL team after the 2012 season. One would expect him to put his best effort out on the field every game.
Underrated Bear Pascoe and Martellus Bennett are a nice one, two punch at the Tight End position for the New York Giants and lets not forget reinforcements should come in during the season with Ballard and/or Beckum.