Jaguars, Raiders reportedly interested in Martellus Bennett

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As tight end Martellus Bennett prepares to become a free agent for the third time in his career, at least two teams other than his current one are interested in signing him.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports that the Jaguars and Raiders are interested in Bennett.

The Jacksonville angle makes sense, given that Bennett once spent a year with the Giants, when they were coached by Tom Coughlin. As in current Jaguars executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin.

The Raiders currently have two tight ends on the roster: Mychal Rivera and Clive Walford. Rivera, who will become a free agent on Thursday, was reportedly on the trade block a year ago. Walford supplanted Rivera as the primary pass-catching tight end in 2016, but he still mustered only 33 catches for 359 yards and three touchdowns. Bennett, primarily as the second fiddle to Rob Gronkowski for most of the regular season, had 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns.

Bennett, who turns 30 on Friday, spent his first four seasons with the Cowboys, 2012 with the Giants, and three seasons with the Bears.

43 responses to “Jaguars, Raiders reportedly interested in Martellus Bennett

  1. ariani1985 says:
    Mar 5, 2017 11:27 AM
    Obviously he won’t be winning anything we these teams.

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    Sure, but look at it this way…..in one season with the Patriots, Martellus accumulated more SB rings than the entire Vikings organization in the last 51 years….

  2. It isn’t about winning now for him, it’s about cashing in and going on vacation so Jacksonville is perfect. He can blame Bortles for everything and that would be believed. In Oakland, he would be accountable, in Jax…not so much although with Coughlin running things, it may be different down there.

  3. Lee Smith is still there, recovering from last seasons ankle injury. I don’t see Bennett as a guy who wants to block. I’m sure there will be plenty available in the draft rounds 3, 4, 5, 6… Bennett is 30 next week.

  4. Belichick will let the over-rated Bennett go and immediately sign Jared Cook. Instant upgrade for the Patriots.

  5. He deserves a big pay day given his contract-year performance but really, how many successful GM’s are going to feel good about giving him any significant guaranteed money? Bennett hasn’t hesitated all year long to reiterate that football is a means to other ends for him, a reality which should give any suitor pause.

  6. Surprised to see all the negative responses in this thread. The Marty Bennett I saw this past year was a willing blocker, a good receiver, played most of the season hurt, and was great in the locker room.

    If he were 27, I’d be happy to pay him $8-9MM/yr, but the reality is that he’s 30 with a lot of outside interests and a ring. I think the Pats would be willing to pay him $5-6MM, but he may want more.

    If I were him I’d take the Pats money, not have to worry about being the #1 TE target, win a lot of game, and end up being Mark Wahlberg’s best friend for when he retires to his entertainment career.

  7. Raiders will go to camp with Smith, Walford, and Rivera plus young\draft guys…one blocking, one pass catching.

    Raiders didn’t throw to TE’s much(sometimes frustrating) instead going outside with lots of 3-4 receiver sets. so if they did sign Bennett may signal a little change coming from new OC.

  8. This guy is a little above average but not by much. The guy had Tom Brady as his qb and his numbers were still far less than overwhelming. Keep that in mind.

  9. He’s not overrated. The Patriots were willing to extend him at $7 million per year and Pro Football Focus rated him as the 10th best tight end in the NFL.

    He wants to get paid and you can’t blame him. He’ll go where the top dollar (okay, after taxes) is. He won’t care if Tom Coughlin, Bill Belichick, or any other executive is. The bidding probably starts at $8 million.

  10. This guy is a little above average but not by much. The guy had Tom Brady as his qb and his numbers were still far less than overwhelming. Keep that in mind.
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    No one is overwhelming with TB12 passing. He spreads the ball around. 55 sharing time with gronk and pats WR/RB core ain’t bad. The issue is “football is a means, not my passion.” Pay him, but watch the guaranteed money

  11. Martellus is smart enough to know that life is a lot better playing for the Patriots among a team of winners for a little less than playing for perennial losers for a little more cash.
    He has been blessed to get the opportunity to play for the greatest coach of all time and with the greatest QB of all time. Now is not the time to be greedy.

  12. Martellus is smart enough to know that life is a lot better playing for the Patriots among a team of winners for a little less than playing for perennial losers for a little more cash.
    He has been blessed to get the opportunity to play for the greatest coach of all time and with the greatest QB of all time. Now is not the time to be greedy.
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    you are the personal financial adviser for Bennett and know his liquidity needs how?

  13. This guy was a back up and almost doubled our most productive TE Walford in almost every receiving stat. most important one, 7>3 TDs.

    This draft is deep in TEs why would we go after a proven SB winning 9 year Vet in FA?

    Reggie likes to double down?

  14. I’m no ‘insider’ but wouldn’t EVERY team be interested in a 6’6′ / 275lb dude who can run, block and catch the football?

  15. Good for him. Any person on here with 3 years left to physically play in a league that pays millions would in a second take the 16 million guaranteed money over a 5 million guarantee just to win a few more games. It’s like saying…..you can have 16 million to live in Alaska for 3 years, or 5 million to live in Hawaii……the smart person goes to Alaska, then in three years takes their tripled earnings and moves to Hawaii.

  16. A big mouth, over rated bozo. The PATS should let him go.
    Besides, Bill B. can take average TE’s and make them great by having Tom Brady the best damn QB in history, throw him 8-10 yarders down the middle.

  17. The Jags will probably offer more money but it depends on what he wants.

    I think he would enjoy beeing on the Raiders much more. This offense is already good, now its looking to take the next step. A dynamic TE like him would be a very much welcomed addition. I dont really buy into “Raider dont throw to the TE much” narrative. Thats only the case because we dont have a TE worth throwing too like other teams do when they have a good one. Believe me theres a lot of attention towards Cooper and Crabtree in critical passing situations and that forced Carr to go to the 3rd receiver a lot on 3rd down.. and there was a lot of lost opportunities there I think a guy like Bennett could help turn into positive plays.

    As for the Jaguars I see him going there in a situation thats very much a work in progress, having to do a lot of blocking and not getting a lot of opportunities to shine. Plus he would have Coughlin over his head and those 2 personnalities are really polar opposites. Coughlin is as old school and conservative as you get when Bennett has an open and expressed liberal spirit. Not sure it would be a good fit in that sense.

  18. valentino8100 says:
    Mar 5, 2017 12:54 PM
    He deserves a big pay day given his contract-year performance but really, how many successful GM’s are going to feel good about giving him any significant guaranteed money? Bennett hasn’t hesitated all year long to reiterate that football is a means to other ends for him, a reality which should give any suitor pause.

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    Because if they dont want to give it to him he might as well just go back to the Pats.

  19. Option 1.: Bennett takes the highest bid offer and goes on to have less catches, yards, and TDs than he did with Brady throwing to him. He will also not win another Super Bowl.

    He has significantly more money this way

    Option 2: Highly unlikely, but he stays with the Pats, accepts his role as a high-quality bookend to Rob Gronkowski again, and ends up having a very realistic shot at ring #2. This one requires him to stay humble, work hard, and not be a distraction in order to win.

    He will be paid less this way.

  20. This is just a smoke screen.

    Reggie Mackenzie only wants guys that love football.

    Bennett isn’t that guy.

    I don’t believe for a minute that the Raiders are interested.

  21. Obviously all Patriots fans WANT him to stay and know that means taking less than top dollar in free agency.

    But I don’t think there’s a fan among them that faults any players for doing exactly what the Patriots organization does to be so successful.

    They recognize that the Game is a Business, and Bennett nor anyone else can’t be faulted for cashing in – if indeed cash is their sole motivation.

    So here’s hoping he’s back. But there’s usually other quality players willing to take a discount for the short term in New England knowing their success playing for Belichick and with Brady can earn them millions more down the road.

    Fans of other teams will say that’s unfair – or that’s somehow “cheating” given that Brady and others take less than other teams would be willing to pay.

    But for Bennett and others, they can still have their cake and eat it too by taking a little less than say, the Browns or Colts would have to offer to attract quality players.

    That’s the benefit of having a winning organization that goes to the Super Bowl on average every other year – even if other fans need to delude themselves that can’t be done without “cheating”

  22. “This guy is a little above average but not by much. The guy had Tom Brady as his qb and his numbers were still far less than overwhelming. Keep that in mind.”

    That’s because Bennett ran routes over 7 yards down the field. Which, incidentally, was about 4 yards past Brady’s comfort zone. 🙂

  23. It seems with his history of many different teams, and his piehole spewing racist comments, that no one really wants him on their team for very long. Could it be he’s a Cancer in the locker room?

  24. Bennett has never hidden that he’s a dreamer and that football is the way to earn enough to be able to fulfill his dreams. Let him alone and allow him the opportunity to do what he wants. He worked for what he has, and is working for what he wants. Can’t really ask any more of anybody.

  25. sportnorcal says:
    Mar 5, 2017 2:47 PM

    I’m no ‘insider’ but wouldn’t EVERY team be interested in a 6’6′ / 275lb dude who can run, block and catch the football?
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    That maybe true but he is also looking at playing for his 5th team…something is wrong with him

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