New York Giants: Another Year, Another New Tight End; Martellus Bennett Bolts
It’s another year and it looks like it will be another starting tight end for the New York Giants after Martellus Bennett announced on Twitter he is heading to the Chicago Bears about 30 seconds into free agency. The Giants are no stranger to having to replace a tight end in the off-season. First, they had to replace Kevin Boss, then Jake Ballard, and now Martellus Bennett.
Right now, the Giants have Bear Pascoe, last year’s fourth round pick Adrian Robinson, Larry Donnell and Jamie Childers. Last season GM Jerry Reese was very high on Robinson but Robinson only saw the field in two games and didn’t have a catch. Still, the Giants have high hopes for Robinson and like Pascoe’s work ethic so the Giants could go with Robinson or Pascoe as the starter and see what happens in camp.
Given the Giants’ recent history with the tight end position it is clear they don’t go nuts when it comes to replacing tight ends. When Jeremy Shockey was traded the Giants were happy to play an unproven Kevin Boss. Boss left for greener free agency dollars with the Oakland Raiders. When Boss left they went with the unproven Jake Ballard. When Ballard was gobbled up by the New England Patriots off of waivers prior to last season the Giants stayed calm and signed an underachiever in Martellus Bennett who had a very good season. Every year it seems like the Giants are trying to replace a tight end. In none of those situations did the Giants shell out big money for a replacement or spend a high draft pick on a tight end.
It wouldn’t surprise me at this point if the Giants enter camp with the tight ends currently on the roster. Nor would it surprise me if they spend a late round pick on the position or grab a veteran who is still out there or is released in camp. However, right now, the Giants have bigger priorities in free agency including their own Kevin Boothe and Victor Cruz, two key players they would like to re-sign. Tight end is, as it has been in recent years, a low priority position.