NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported via Twitter the New York Giants will “probably not” use the franchise tag option on any of their players this season. The biggest name to be impacted will be tight end Martellus Bennett, who had his best season as a pro last season. The Texas A&M product will be allowed to test the market, but as fantasy football owners know all too well, his upside is limited.
After starting the 2012 campaign with three straight games of double-digit fantasy performances due to his red-zone prowess, Bennett failed to reach the end zone again until Week 13. Playing on an offense which had plenty of weapons, it’s no surprise the veteran disappeared into obscurity, finishing as fantasy’s 13th ranked tight end last season.
While his upside will be limited, there is one destination where he could potentially gain value. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are likely to allow free agent Dallas Clark test the market, giving the team a chance to get younger at a major position of need. As opposing defenses focus on the offensive firepower of Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin, Bennett and wideout Mike Williams would see plenty of opportunities.
Another factor supporting Bennett’s signing with the Buccaneers is the fact he could join forces with his brother Michael Bennett, currently the Bucs defensive end. Michael is also a free agent the team now desperately needs to re-sign after the arrest of Da’Quan Bowers this weekend. Sweetening the pot with a reunion could be a win-win situation for the club. There aren’t many other landing spots which would boost the tight end’s value, but if it is Tampa, consider Bennett a solid No. 2 TE with upside.
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