Giants sign Cowboys TE Bennett as free agent

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants signed tight end

Martellus Bennett as a free agent.

The Giants announced the one-year, $2.5 million deal

Wednesday.

Bennett spent the past four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys as

the backup to Jason Witten, catching 85 passes for 846 yards and

four touchdowns.

The Giants were in need of a tight end after starter Jake

Ballard and backup Travis Beckum suffered major knee injuries in

the Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots

”In our situation it’s a perfect match, because here we are

with two guys that aren’t going to be able to go,” coach Tom

Coughlin said. ”We get a guy with this quality and we can say to

him, `You go out on the field, you go from less than 30 percent

play time to 70-75-80 percent play time just by virtue of if you

come here and if you are willing to pay the price to be what you

want to be. Here’s the opportunity.”’

A second-round draft choice from Texas A&M in 2008, Bennett

also is an excellent blocker. The Giants’ running game struggled

most of last season and it is going to be a question mark next

season after the team’s decision to release veteran Brandon

Jacobs.

”In Dallas, my main role was to block, run block,” Bennett

said. ”I think I was a big part of the run offense that we had out

there. I actually enjoy blocking, honestly. The thing I like about

coming here, the situation here is that I don’t only have to block.

I get a chance to do more things. Last year, I only had 23 targets

with the Cowboys and I played a whole lot of snaps. I think this

year I’ll get a chance to show both ends of the spectrum. I don’t

like to be labeled. I don’t want to be labeled as a pass-catching

tight end or a blocking tight end. I just want to be a tight

end.”