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Martellus Bennett | Tight End | #80

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 275
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (61) / DAL
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Martellus Bennett says he's made a concerted effort to connect with Aaron Rodgers off the field and during OTA practices.
In addition to sending text messages to Rodgers, Bennett is picking his brain on the practice field. "I’m always talking to him on the field, too, trying to see what he wants," Bennett said. "(I’ll say), ‘Hey, how did that look?’ or he’ll give me the thumbs up. Or if I’m in another group, I always look back at him, ‘Hey, is that what you want? Is there something different you want on this?’" Rodgers is a known stickler for details. Bennett will offer a high TD ceiling in a Packers offense which has averaged 36.3 passing scores per season over the past three years. May 29 - 3:03 PM

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Packers signed TE Martellus Bennett to a three-year, $20.25 million contract.

Bennett's fate in New England was sealed as soon as the Patriots traded for Dwayne Allen. Now he's headed to Green Bay where he'll fill the void left by Jared Cook. Bennett's counting stats were impressive last season (55 catches, 701 yards, seven touchdowns) but he didn't look quite as explosive as we've seen him in years past. He dealt with a variety of injuries and is expected to undergo ankle surgery this offseason. Still, Bennett is a big body and a matchup terror inside the red zone. It's a big pickup for the Cheeseheads.
Mar 10 - 6:29 PM

The Boston Globe reports the Raiders, Jaguars and 49ers are interested in free agent Martellus Bennett.

We already knew about the Jaguars and Raiders' interest, but the 49ers are new. Per reporter Ben Volin, Bennett is intrigued by the idea of playing in Silicon Valley.
Mar 9 - 1:19 PM

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reports there is "heavy mutual interest" between the Raiders and free agent Martellus Bennett.

Clive Walford disappointed in Oakland's starting tight end role last year, and Bennett's combination of blocking and pass-catching ability makes him the top tight end on the open market. Signing Bennett would further bolster the Raiders' running game and give them a strong red-zone target. Drop-plagued slot man Seth Roberts finished second on the team in red-zone targets last year.
Mar 9 - 12:19 PM

Free agent Martellus Bennett confirmed he won't re-sign with the Patriots.

The Patriots' trade for Dwayne Allen on Wednesday pushed Bennett out the door and locked it behind him. His one-year stint with New England ended in a Super Bowl title, but Bennett likely wasn't 100 percent for more than a couple games. He played hurt much of the year but still took the field every week. The Jaguars, Raiders, and Giants have been linked to Bennett.
Mar 8 - 11:06 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports, in addition to the Patriots, the Giants, Jaguars, and Bills are "in on" free agent Martellus Bennett.

Bennett played for new Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin with the Giants in 2012 before parlaying that one-year deal into a multi-year one with the Bears. Jacksonville has an opening at tight end after trading Julius Thomas to Miami, and Bennett would fit better as the more rugged blocker. It's hard to see the money working with the Giants, who just signed Brandon Marshall. The same goes for the Bills. They'd likely consider moving on from Charles Clay if signing Bennett.
Mar 8 - 2:11 PM

On NFL Network's Free Agency Frenzy, Mike Garafolo said free agent Martellus Bennett is looking for $9 million per year on his next deal.

That would tie Bennett with Rob Gronkowski for the fifth-highest annual salary among tight ends. Garafolo said he is not sure Bennett will reach that goal, but he could get close as clearly the best tight end available in free agency. With his price tag set that high, it is unlikely the Patriots match.
Mar 7 - 1:13 PM

Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports the Patriots "remain interested" in re-signing impending free agent Martellus Bennett.

Ian Rapoport previously reported it will be "hard" for the Patriots to re-sign Bennett, and Volin reports the Jaguars and Raiders are among the teams interested in him. Considering Bennett is easily the top tight end on the market, plenty of other teams will show interest as well. With Rob Gronkowski coming off another surgery, it makes a lot of sense for New England to bring Bennett back, but it looks like his price tag might be too high.
Mar 4 - 9:10 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it will be "hard" for the Patriots to re-sign impending free agent Martellus Bennett.

Per Rapsheet, the Patriots and Bennett have a "mutually respectful relationship," but that may not be enough to keep him in Foxboro. Bennett is in line for a big payday after leading New England with seven touchdown catches in 2016. ESPN's Mike Reiss previously reported the Patriots won't get in a bidding war for Bennett, which means he's likely headed elsewhere. With Rob Gronkowski coming off yet another surgery, the Pats are sure to address tight end in the draft.
Feb 21 - 7:30 PM

Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal believes the Patriots will "make a run" at free agent Martellus Bennett.

Daniels believes Bennett will command "top dollar" as the best tight end available on the market. Outbidding teams in free agency has never been New England's MO, though the Patriots have over $61 million in cap space. Bennett finished third among tight ends with seven touchdowns despite playing through painful knee and ankle injuries. With Rob Gronkowski coming off his third back surgery, keeping Bennett would be a wise investment for the Patriots.
Feb 19 - 9:06 AM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports free agent Martellus Bennett is not an option for the Dolphins.

"Bennett will never play for the Dolphins as long as the current administration is running the organization," Salguero wrote confidently. It is not a secret Bennett and coach Adam Gase did not see eye to eye in Chicago, and that discord is likely what Salguero is referencing. Miami is expected to re-sign Dion Sims, but they still need to find some more help at tight end.
Feb 16 - 12:31 PM

CSN New England's Phil Perry believes impending free agent Martellus Bennett could be an option for the franchise tag.

According to MMQB's Albert Breer's calculations, the franchise tag for tight ends is likely to come in around $9.84 million. That's a more than fair price for Bennett, who Perry believes would be looking at around $8 million per year on a multi-year deal. Bennett turns 30 next month and played hurt for most of the season. He'd provide insurance for Rob Gronkowski (back surgery) and keep intact the Patriots' ability to play two-tight end "12 personnel" sets.
Feb 15 - 2:02 PM

ESPN's Mike Reiss does not expect the Patriots to get into a "bidding war" for impending free agent TE Martellus Bennett.

Bennett was both an excellent complement and replacement for Rob Gronkowski during his first year in New England, but he is also certain to get overpaid as the best tight end in a weak free agent class. Perhaps his age (30 in March) and recent health will keep Bennett in the Patriots' price range, but it is reasonable to think he will be playing elsewhere in 2017.
Source: ESPN
Feb 13 - 10:47 PM

Martellus Bennett caught 5-of-6 targets for 62 yards in the Patriots' Super Bowl 51 win over the Falcons.

With two weeks of rest between the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl, Bennett looked as healthy as he's been in several months against the Falcons, moving better on his balky knee and ankle. He is expected to undergo ankle surgery sometime soon. Turning 30 in March, Bennett is an impending free agent and will be one of the top tight ends available on the 2017 open market.
Feb 5 - 11:01 PM

Martellus Bennett (knee) is questionable for Super Bowl LI against the Falcons.

He was limited at practice this week. Bennett hurt his knee earlier this postseason and has been playing through an ankle injury that will likely require offseason surgery. Despite his various bumps and bruises, Bennett should see his usual workload Sunday in his first Super Bowl appearance.
Feb 3 - 4:21 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Aaron Rodgers
2Brett Hundley
3Joe Callahan
4Taysom Hill
RB1Ty Montgomery
2Jamaal Williams
3Aaron Jones
4Devante Mays
5William Stanback
GLB1Ty Montgomery
2Aaron Ripkowski
3RB1Ty Montgomery
2Aaron Ripkowski
FB1Aaron Ripkowski
2Joe Kerridge
WR11Jordy Nelson
2Geronimo Allison
3Jeff Janis
4DeAngelo Yancey
5Max McCaffrey
WR21Davante Adams
2Randall Cobb
3Trevor Davis
4Malachi Dupre
5Michael Clark
WR31Randall Cobb
TE1Martellus Bennett
2Lance Kendricks
3Richard Rodgers
4Beau Sandland
5Aaron Peck
LT1David Bakhtiari
2Jason Spriggs
3Adam Pankey
LG1Lane Taylor
2Lucas Patrick
3Justin McCray
4Geoff Gray
C1Corey Linsley
RG1Jahri Evans
2Don Barclay
3Kofi Amichia
4Thomas Evans
RT1Bryan Bulaga
2Kyle Murphy
3Robert Leff
K1Mason Crosby