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Why the New York Giants Would Be Silly to Re-Sign Martellus Bennett

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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Benjamin J. BlockCorrespondent IIJanuary 10, 2017

Martellus Bennett first reeked of desperation when he said that would give the New York Giants the "hometown discount"—how considerate. When that tact fell on deaf ears, the 26-year-old tight end stated that he's "not feeling the love". In his third installment, Bennett had a practical awakening.

Martellus Bennett (@JoeGryffindor) February 27, 2013

 

Bingo.

While his 55 catches in 2012 with Big Blue were impressive, especially since he finally got his chance to start after four years of being second fiddle to Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys, Bennett is barking up the wrong tree if he's looking for dollars from New York.

The G-Men freed up $9 million of cap space Thursday by successfully restructuring the contracts of Corey Webster and David Baas, but allocating big dollars for Bennett isn't their biggest concern.

Tom Coughlin spoke to WFAN's Mike Francesa on Thursday—mostly to plug his new book “Earn the Right to Win”—but the conversation shifted to the state of the Giants and free agency being just five days away.

There's no telling if Bennett was tuned in, but if he was, he would have heard what his coach's offseason agenda is, where his passion lies, and that he was not mentioned.

I believe that Victor Cruz wants to be a Giant, we want him to be a Giant, he's a wonderful kid, he's a great story, he's local, you know to have him in a Giant uniform is very very important to us, and I do believe it'll get done. He's a restricted free agent this year.

Coughlin also highlighted how optimistic he is for Hakeem Nicks returning to form in 2013.

And I think that Hakeem Nicks will come back and be the player he was two years ago. We gotta obviously get him healthy, but we saw him a couple weeks ago, and his eyes are bright and sharp and he's looking forward to it again, and he's had a scope and feels good about it. So we're excited about that.

Francesa asked how son-in-law Chris Snee is coming along since the 31-year-old guard is currently recovering from hip surgery he had a couple weeks ago.

Snee is coming strong, you know he'll be okay. He probably won't do too much this spring, but he'll be ready this summer. We're looking forward to that as well.

Coach then zeroed in on where the organziation's focus is this offseason, and the most pressing issues. 

We first gotta stop the run, we weren't very good on defense there, we gotta do that before we can rush the passer, so lets get that straightened around. It's always been offensive and defensive lines for the New York Giants, we need to return to supremacy in those areas.

The entire interview can be heard here.

Coughlin covered which players and areas are a major focus, but nothing about the services of Bennett.

It's not that the G-Men wouldn't like to have him back, but he's simply not high on their priority list.

Big Blue just signed Bear Pascoe for another season and Travis Beckum would be a cheaper alternative to re-sign than Bennett.

At 26 years old, Bennett should want big money after his best season in the NFL, but the G-Men would be delusional to tie up their salary cap space in him.

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