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Mort: Bengals wanted Martellus Bennett

ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reports that the Cincinnati Bengals are the team who was interested in swinging a trade with the Dallas Cowboys and that, as we had been hearing, the target was tight end Martellus Bennett.

It makes sense — the Bengals have been struggling at the tight end position, due to a rash of injuries that began during training camp, when Reggie Kelly torn an Achilles’ tendon and Ben Utecht suffered a serious concussion.

Still, the Cowboys said no.  Despite the presence of Jason Witten, Bennett gets plenty of playing time when the Cowboys use two tight ends.

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26 Responses to “Mort: Bengals wanted Martellus Bennett”
  1. HappyBunny says: Oct 22, 2009 10:00 AM

    Would be nice if Mort would have said what was offered. Heard a bunch of in-house preseason hype of what Bennett would be doing this season. To date, he’s done squat (unless you count making a fool out of yourself in public and in the media–in which case he has excelled…)!

  2. Krow says: Oct 22, 2009 10:03 AM

    Oh well. We all know that the Cowboys hate draft picks.

  3. Jackson says: Oct 22, 2009 10:06 AM

    screw Mortensen whodey85doggy21 told you this late last night. you gonna give him any credit? LOL
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    # whodey85doggy21 says: October 22, 2009 12:14 AM
    The Bengals man, We need a TE bad. Sucks too i think Martellus Bennett whould do well in are offence. So there Floro you herd it here first it was the bengals who offered a trade for him
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/10/21/trade-talk-speculation-focuses-on-martellus-bennett/#comments

  4. Football says: Oct 22, 2009 10:12 AM

    If the Bengals approached the Cowboys about Bennett they probably also approached the Raiders about Zach Miller.

  5. BengalsDouche2 says: Oct 22, 2009 10:13 AM

    Wow. I’m really shocked that old mikey boy brown actually went after a mid-season trade. He never does that. Is this a new Mike Brown we’re seeing??? Ha, doubt it. He must have been heavily medicated that day.

  6. Hap says: Oct 22, 2009 10:15 AM

    MB doesn’t even know where to line up. Sure, he’s a talent in the rough…..the WAY rough. I’d like to think he will develop into a mainstay at Dallas but so far he seems more into self promotion (rap,etc) than he does football. We could have afforded to let him go but at what price MORT ? That was really “breaking news”. I’m glad it was them calling us rather than vice versa.

  7. VoxVeritas says: Oct 22, 2009 10:17 AM

    “Oh well. We all know that the Cowboys hate draft picks.”
    So much that they only had 12 in the ’09 draft.

  8. Hitman09 says: Oct 22, 2009 10:25 AM

    Im thinking Bennett would do well elsewhere, he gets small playing time and when he does,hes blocking anyway. But again JJ likes talking it up, apparently it wasnt worth it, he woulda pulled the trigger quicker than Minnesota did when they gave the key to the city and 475 picks for the Multiple Personalities of H. Walker ( hey, he had that many people in his head, hence 475 picks)

  9. VoxVeritas says: Oct 22, 2009 10:26 AM

    “To date, he’s done squat”
    He’s caught 4 TD passes between last year and this year. A lot of guys wish they could say that, including Jeremy Shockey, Chris Cooley and Brent Celek. And they’re starters.

  10. Boyzfan94 says: Oct 22, 2009 10:28 AM

    Bennetts Twitter…..”Ha the bengals tried to trade for me?ochocinco Marty b woulda been a ruckus. I love being a cowboy tho this is home I love this team.

  11. Boyzfan94 says: Oct 22, 2009 10:30 AM

    Bennetts Twitter…..”Ha the bengals tried to trade for me?ochocinco Marty b woulda been a ruckus. I love being a cowboy tho this is home I love this team.

  12. jamesz23 says: Oct 22, 2009 10:34 AM

    That would have been a nice move by the Bengals.

  13. JudgeT says: Oct 22, 2009 10:35 AM

    If you saw the Hard Knocks w/ the Cowboys you’d know that MB is the very definition of holier-than-thou, dont have to be enthusiastic, dont have to look at my position coach when he’s talking to me, dont have to do more than a damn thing but mumble. Oh yeah, and collect checks. It’s just a matter of time before he’s caught dogging it on a play where he Could Have laid a critical block to free up a TD run or he Could Have caught someone running an INT back for a TD but instead chose to sulk about a bad throw that wasnt his fault. Waaaa.
    I thought the Bengals were done collecting turds.

  14. TheVillain112 says: Oct 22, 2009 10:50 AM

    Cowboys were probably holding out for the Cleveland Browns 1st round draft pick.

  15. Borg30 says: Oct 22, 2009 11:14 AM

    12 draft picks in 09
    How many of them made the JV team???

  16. summerfart says: Oct 22, 2009 11:28 AM

    Wow the Chase Coffman era was one for the ages.

  17. OceanView says: Oct 22, 2009 12:08 PM

    I bet the Bengals were offering one of their veteran wide receivers. Most likely Coles. Or quite possibly #85 since Caldwell is playing so well and they love Chris Henry…they can afford to trade a receiver for a good, young tight end.
    Why not target the mostly impatient Jerry Jones. He bit on the Roy Williams bait last year. The fact that he brought up the Roy Williams trade when gleefully announcing his ability to walk away from a big deal suggests he probably regrets the trade he made for Roy last year.
    Should Cowboys fans feel good about the fact that the man who controls EVERYTHING probably could have traded his #2 tight end for the Bengals #85 to play alongside Austin Miles? Depends on how Cowboys fans truly feel about Patrick Crayton and Roy Williams.
    Makes perfect sense for the Bengals. Go young and get rid of a self-centered (talented) receiver.

  18. danielcp0303 says: Oct 22, 2009 12:38 PM

    12 draft picks in 09
    How many of them made the JV team???
    I’m pretty sure that 10 of them made America’s Team and the other two are on the practice squad. The Cowboys have really loved their draft picks the last few years because it gave them players like Tashard Choice, David Buehler, Orlando Scandrick, Felix Jones, Mike Jenkins, Marty B, Miles Austin, Anthony Spencer, Alan Ball, Victor Butler….so many more if you go back 5 years. This team has a lot of young talent, it’s not surprising that they would get some interest.

  19. BengalsDouche2 says: Oct 22, 2009 12:43 PM

    I HIGHLY doubt the Bengals were trading off Coles or Ocho. That won’t happen this year. Ocho will play out his contract and maybe get and extension (if he’ll accept it) after the way he’s playing so far this year. No way the Bengals would give up either of those two. I can maybe see trading Henry off though. Caldwell is taking his spot on the roster. But to think we’d give up Ocho or Coles in the trade is stupid. Although Coles is not panning out, the Bengals still won’t let him go that quick. Think before you speak people.

  20. SlimPickens says: Oct 22, 2009 12:46 PM

    jerry jones is kenny ‘ the gambler’ rogers!!!

  21. Chad says: Oct 22, 2009 12:52 PM

    The Bengals should play Chase Coffman. He was a stud at MU and I’m not even sure he has been active. He was a 3rd round pick so they must have liked something about him.

  22. cowboys1 says: Oct 22, 2009 1:27 PM

    JudgeT says:
    October 22, 2009 10:35 AM
    If you saw the Hard Knocks w/ the Cowboys you’d know that MB is the very definition of holier-than-thou, dont have to be enthusiastic, dont have to look at my position coach when he’s talking to me, dont have to do more than a damn thing but mumble.
    you obviously didnt watch all of it, as you would have seen the changes in bennett from the beginning of what was his first training camp. Pay Attention!!

  23. Yung Lil Fly says: Oct 22, 2009 1:39 PM

    “He’s caught 4 TD passes between last year and this year. A lot of guys wish they could say that, including Jeremy Shockey, Chris Cooley and Brent Celek. And they’re starters.”
    Except that Celek can say that. He’s caught 6 since week 17 last year.

  24. DanSnyder says: Oct 22, 2009 3:14 PM

    “He’s caught 4 TD passes between last year and this year. A lot of guys wish they could say that, including Jeremy Shockey, Chris Cooley and Brent Celek. And they’re starters.”
    But at least Cooley can say he has more catches this year then Bennett has in his career.

  25. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Oct 22, 2009 4:29 PM

    Yeah, MB has a lot potential. Whether or not he flourishes under Wade and Garrett is yet to be seen.
    His off the field antics may illustrate how much guidance this young man needs. But discipline ins’t really much of a priority in Dallas unfortunately.

  26. ipeefreely says: Oct 22, 2009 4:45 PM

    ##################Correction on who guessed right#########################
    Looks like there was a two way tie.
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    jkmadams says:
    October 21, 2009 7:04 PM
    TE Martellus Bennett. Probably the Pats.
    ipeefreely says:
    October 21, 2009 7:04 PM
    I’m guessing it was TE – Martellus Bennett.
    They have high hopes for this guy, and much of their offense is based on two tight-end sets.
    Lifetime subscription? I’m picking up your sarcasm…

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