Dallas Cowboy Draft Talk: The Case for Trading TE Martellus Bennett

Phil BrennanCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 13: Martellus Bennett #80 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the ball after catching  a pass over Chris Johnson #37 of the Oakland Raiders during a preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 13, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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With just six picks in a draft that most experts agree to be abnormally deep, the Dallas Cowboys may be tempted to find a way to acquire more draft choices.

But contrary to the popular notion of the team shipping off one of its trio of running backs (Marion Barber, Felix Jones or Tashard Choice), the Cowboys may just try to rekindle the interest in a player that was inquired about early last season.

Martellus Bennett.

If the Cowboys were so inclined, trading Bennett just makes sense.

At just 27-years old, tight end Jason Witten is the incumbent at starter and doesn’t look to be relinquishing that spot for years.

Last year’s sixth round pick, John Phillips, proved to be a surprisingly adept blocker and capable pass catcher last season.

Bennett, who has come under scrutiny of late by general manager Jerry Jones, is looking for more opportunities to contribute as the team’s No. 2 tight end. He recently said:

Probably the system has to change for me to produce. Some things they have to do on the coaching side of the ball to make me … You’ve got to fit into the system. It’s not just all on the player.”

On a team that features Miles Austin, Patrick Crayton, Roy Williams and the aforementioned Witten, outside of injury the prospects of Bennett getting heavily involved in the offense is unlikely.

That brings us back to trading Bennett.

Last season theCincinnati Bengals contacted the Cowboys exploring a possible trade " target="_blank"> Cincinnati Bengals contacted the Cowboys exploring a possible trade for Bennett. 

Per Jerry Jones, the Bengals reportedly offered a first day pick rumored to be either a first or second rounder.

If we are to assume Bennett’s trade value is roughly the same, who are the possible suitors?

In my opinion, their is one team that looks to be the perfect trade partner: the New England Patriots.

With the departure of Chris Baker and Ben Watson, the Patriots have no established tight end currently on the roster outside of the recently signed veteran, Alge Crumpler.

The Patriots are armed with three second round picks (Nos. 44, 47 and 53 overall) in this April’s draft.

A deal involving Bennett for one of those second round picks makes could be tabled.

For the Cowboys, it would allow the team to address one of its needs, such as offensive or defensive line help or perhaps take a luxury pick at wide receiver or cornerback.

The Patriots would receive a young veteran tight end that’s an accomplished blocker and promising pass catcher primed to make a statistical jump in production.

Folks, please take note of this article when this trade inevitably happens.


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