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Martellus Bennett | Tight End | #88

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 275
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (61) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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Rob Gronkowski said Martellus Bennett has "came in and picked up the playbook very well."
The biggest hurdle Patriots newcomers have to clear is the playbook in order to earn Tom Brady's trust. According to Gronkowski, Bennett has been able to do that. On the first day of training camp Thursday, all three of Brady, Gronk, and Bennett took time away to go to a side field to work on red-zone plays, and it's becoming abundantly clear that this is going to be the foundation of the offense when it gets into scoring position. Bennett looks like a value at his TE16 ADP. Jul 29 - 10:50 AM

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ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss predicts Martellus Bennett will be a "big factor" in the Patriots' 2016 offense.

A sometimes malcontent in Dallas and Chicago, Bennett has had the right attitude at Patriots spring workouts as "usually the first tight end through drills" and "one of the more impressive players on the field." The Patriots are nursing a multitude of injuries at wide receiver, and could conceivably make two-tight end sets their base offense this year. Rob Gronkowski and Bennett can both block and are New England's two most imposing targets in the passing game.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 15 - 6:44 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss said Martellus Bennett worked one-on-one with Tom Brady in the red zone during practice Tuesday.

Considering almost the exact same report was made about Scott Chandler last season, it is wise to take this news with a bit of salt. Bennett should be more involved in the offense than Chandler, but his target upside will be capped as long as Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman are healthy. With his exact usage an unknown, Bennett has a wide range of outcomes as a fantasy commodity.
Jun 7 - 2:19 PM

According to WEEI Boston, Martellus Bennett is "gaining early entry into Tom Brady's circle of trust."

Bennett has spent part of OTAs working off to the side with Brady and a small group of other passing-game personnel. Of course, reporter Christopher Price notes Scott Chandler did something similar last year before going on to bomb during the regular season. Bennett is coming off a head-case campaign where the Bears had "pervasive doubts" about his commitment, but he seems to understand the stakes are higher in New England this year. Bennett is a very intriguing fantasy pick in New England. His ADP is in the double-digit rounds.
Source: WEEI Boston
May 26 - 4:15 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears had "pervasive doubts" about Martellus Bennett's commitment.

Per reporter Dan Wiederer, Bennett offered "minimal effort to conform to the unselfish and focus-driven culture" the Bears are trying to instill under coach John Fox. Wiederer also confirms Bennett's late season ribs injury, which landed him on injured reserve for four games, was essentially a sham. In the end, the sides' divorce boiled down to the fact that Bennett wanted a better contract and the Bears were dead set against it. So is life for a player in a league where teams monopolize the negotiating power with non-guaranteed deals.
Mar 17 - 9:40 PM

Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski lead all tight ends in yards after contact since 2013.

Gronk is No. 1, with Bennett close behind. Bennett showed signs of decline last season — he missed five games with injury while averaging an anemic 8.3 yards per catch — but could bounce back as a big part of the Patriots' offense. Bennett just turned 29, and is a proven playmaker who scored at least five touchdowns every year between 2012-14. Bennett could be a low-end TE1 even with Gronk being the focal point of the Patriots' offense.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 17 - 2:19 PM

Patriots acquired TE Martellus Bennett and a sixth-round pick from the Bears in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

Chicago shopped Bennett all offseason and finally found a taker in New England. It's essentially a one-year flyer for the Patriots, who absorb Bennett's $5.1 million salary. Bennett gives Bill Belichick a complement to Rob Gronkowski for the first time since Aaron Hernandez. His addition reduces Danny Amendola's role, with the Patriots likely moving to more TE-heavy sets. Bennett struggled with injuries last year, but is a strong bounce-back candidate in New England. Still only 29 years old, Bennett's addition should improve both the Patriots' run and pass games, as he is an adept blocker. New England will be able to line up Bennett (6'6/259) and Gronk (6'6/264) in red-zone sets. The rich get richer.
Mar 16 - 7:19 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms the Bears are "shopping" Martellus Bennett.

This is pretty widely known, but we haven't had a Rotoworld blurb on Bennett since last weekend, so it's worth reiterating. Bennett's trade market has been quiet to this point. It could pick up as the free agent market dies down.
Mar 10 - 4:28 PM

NJ Advance Media's Dom Cosentino does not expect the Jets to pursue a trade for Bears TE Martellus Bennett.

The Jets and Bears worked out a deal for Brandon Marshall prior to free agency last offseason, but the Jets were in a much better salary-cap position. Bennett's $5.085 million salary is likely too much to take on, and he will likely be priced out of their market even if he is released prior to free agency. New York should look towards cheaper free agents and the draft to shore up the tight end spot.
Mar 5 - 12:07 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, "some around the NFL doubt" the Bears will be able to trade Martellus Bennett.

Biggs "fully expect(s)" the Bears to release Bennett if they can't find a trade partner. Bennett wore out his welcome in Chicago, "increasingly frustrating coaches and teammates" before the Bears' Thanksgiving game against the Packers, and was ruled inactive for that game. Bears GM Ryan Pace did well to get a sixth-round pick for Jared Allen ahead of last year's trade deadline. It sounds like he'd do well again to get anything in exchange for Bennett.
Mar 4 - 10:30 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears are "working to trade" Martellus Bennett.

GM Ryan Pace is actually working together with Bennett's agent in an effort to find a desirable landing spot for the tight end. Bennett has one year left on his contract at a $5.085 million salary, and the Bears simply don't want to pay that. They'd rather re-sign Zach Miller to be their starter. Bennett turns 29 next week. The Bears would do well to get a mid-round pick back.
Mar 4 - 9:15 AM

The Chicago Tribune reports "it's presumed" the Bears are listening to trade offers for Martellus Bennett.

The sides appear done with each other, but the Bears are in no hurry to make an official decision. Reporter Dan Wiederer believes the Bears could hold onto Bennett as trade bait all the way through April's draft. It remains quite possible the Bears simply release Bennett, freeing up $5.185 million in cap space.
Feb 25 - 7:46 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport "would be surprised" if Martellus Bennett is back with the Bears this season.

This meshes with everything people around the team have been saying since Bennett was mysteriously placed on I.R. back in December due to a rib injury he suffered Week 11 but ultimately returned to play Week 13 before then being done for the season. The Bears are expected to re-sign free agent Zach Miller and cut Bennett, which would clear $5.185 million against the cap.
Feb 19 - 9:40 AM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson believes a trade is the "best solution" for the ongoing contract dispute between Martellus Bennett and the organization.

Dickerson reports Bennett will not get "a penny more from the Bears," and he "knows it." Bennett could try to force Chicago's hand by again skipping the offseason program, but ultimately the Bears hold most of the cards. The question for Chicago is whether Bennett is worth the headache after struggling through a lackluster campaign which ended on injured reserve. Bennett is set to earn $5.085 million in the final year of his deal.
Source: ESPN
Feb 18 - 9:38 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer admits "it's hard to see" the Bears bringing back Martellus Bennett for 2016.

Bennett suffered a ribs injury Week 11, missed Week 12, and returned Week 13. Coach John Fox labeled him "day-to-day," but Bennett was surprisingly placed on I.R. on Tuesday. He's made some noise behind the scenes, and Fox has said he wants team-first players. Bennett, 29 in March, has one year left on his deal. The Bears can save $5.185 million by cutting him.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 09:45:00 AM

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2Keshawn Martin
3Nate Washington
4Chris Harper
5DeAndre Carter
WR31Chris Hogan
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Martellus Bennett
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4AJ Derby
5Bryce Williams
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2Marcus Cannon
3Cameron Fleming
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