Martellus Bennett told New York reporters he is ready to show the Giants the player he really is. The former Cowboys tight end signed a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with the Giants on Wednesday, and he said the one-year deal is just right for him.
“For me, it’s a performance thing, so they get to see who I am as a player, and I get to come in and show them what I can do,” he said in a conference call with the media that will now cover him full-time.
They asked him, do you think we got to see who you are as a player the last few years?
Bennett answered, “No. I think at times you got a glimpse, but I was in a limited role. I only played like 30 per cent of the snaps while I was in Dallas. I think in a larger role I could do so much more. I think the sky’s the limit. I don’t think anyone has really seen who I am as a player and what I have to offer. So I think this is the best situation for me and my family and for me as an athlete because, I don’t want to say I have a lot to prove, but I long to-do list. So I have a lot of things I need to do as a football player. I think this is place where it gives me the opportunity to do everything that I want to do.”
In four years with the Cowboys, who drafted him in the second round out of Texas A&M in 2008, Bennett caught 20, 15, 33 and 17 passes playing behind Jason Witten, and he was asked if that held him back.
“Like I said, I had a great time in Dallas,” Bennett said. “I learned a lot as a player, and the organization was great to me. I was in a situation where I may not have gotten to play as many snaps as I wanted and do some of the things that I wanted to do, as far as receiving and playing a whole lot, but I got to play with one of the greatest of all time, that’s going to go down in history as one of the greatest, Jason Witten. I may not have caught a lot of balls while I was there, but I learned a lot about football just watching him, how he did things, how to get open, how to play ball. In the long run, it was a successful trip for me in Dallas. I just think that it’s time for me to move on and be my own guy.”
In New York, Bennett will join another former Cowboys player, defensive end Chris Canty. Bennett said it will be strange being a Giant, but that it’s business.
“It’s kind of weird. I’ve been playing against these guys for four years, but at the end of the day it’s business,” he said. “People leave Dell all the time to go work for Mac. It’s a business at the end of the day and, like I said, I loved everything about the Cowboys organization, and I had a good time there and I enjoyed every moment of it. But for me, it’s not really just going to a rival team. It’s about being in the better situation.”
-- Carlos Mendez