New York Giants: Martellus Bennett Not Expecting to Be Back with Team in 2013

Doug RushSenior Analyst IMarch 1, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 28:  Martellus Bennett #85 of the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Martellus Bennett has never been a shy person in his career.

It's a pattern that has continued with his most recent comments about the Giants.

He was very outspoken the day he left the Dallas Cowboys and felt he never got the opportunity to shine being in the shadows of Jason Witten, which lead to his departure.

And now, it looks like there's a possibility that Bennett could in fact be looking for a new home for the 2013 season because he doesn't like the outlook of coming back to the Giants.

In a conversation that the Giants tight end had with Paul Dottino of WFAN, Bennett gave him his honest assessment of his future with the team.


@giantswfan I've come to the conclusion that we are just temporary investments to the owners. Value money and growth over players.

— Martellus Bennett (@JoeGryffindor) February 27, 2013


With free agency starting on March 12, the Giants have yet to sit down with the 25-year-old and discuss a potential contract for next year and beyond.

Bennett came to the Giants last year on a one-year deal looking to prove to the whole league that he could in fact be a starter, in which he was able to accomplish.

Bennett had 55 catches for 626 yards with five touchdown receptions for Big Blue in 2012 and is one of the bigger names on the market as far as the tight end position goes.

Thus far, the Giants re-signed Shaun Rogers and Bear Pascoe to one-year deals and locked up starting left tackle Will Beatty this past week to a five-year deal.

Some have wondered if Bennett is truly a great tight end who can be successful anywhere he goes or if he was a product of the Giants system.

Before Bennett, guys like Kevin Boss and Jake Ballard all had success in the Giants offense, mostly due to the fact that they had Eli Manning throwing to him and were able to be coached by one of the best tight end coaches in the league in Mike Pope.

When the offseason began for the Giants, I really had felt that the Giants would have brought back Bennett by now and locked him up.

Now, with Bennett's latest comments about his latest team, I'm not too sure anymore and if Bennett bolts out of New York, I wouldn't be shocked.

It will be interesting to see how Giants GM Jerry Reese handles this situation and how he will respond to Bennett's comments.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.