Last season, Martellus Bennett hauled in 55 passes for 701 yards with seven touchdowns as he played a major role in the New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl. With Rob Gronkowski going down with a herniated disk, the Patriots relied on Bennett in both the passing game and blocking down the stretch and into the playoffs.
After the second-best season of his career, the soon-to-be 30-year-old Bennett will hit the free agent market and already has a number of suitors. According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, the Patriots, Oakland Raiders, and Jacksonville Jaguars all have interest in signing the tight end.
2 nuggets as I head home from the Combine: Pats remain interested in bringing back Marty Bennett, though Jags & Raiders are interested, too
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) March 4, 2017
The Raiders make a lot of sense as the team didn’t get much production out of the tight end position last season and Oakland has plenty of cap room to sign Bennett. He would provide another weapon for Derek Carr while also adding help with his blocking in the running game.
It’s a bit surprising to see the Jaguars expressing interest in Martellus as the team is multiple pieces away from competing for a playoff spot. If contending for another championship is a big factor in Bennett’s decision-making process then the Jaguars likely won’t end up with the tight end’s services.