Tight end Martellus Bennett acknowledged the obvious during an appearance on Pro Football Talk Live on Friday when he said he didn’t want to come back to Dallas as a backup to Jason Witten. He becomes a free agent Tuesday and plans to look for a team that would make him the starter and the focal point of the offense.
"I want to be the No. 1 guy," Bennett said. "I feel like I'm a 60-catch-plus guy on a team, so I want to be in a system where I could do (that). I think a lot of people say the hybrid tight ends or the new type of tight ends are the ones to catch the ball, but I think the perfect tight ends are the ones who could actually block and do things with the ball after they catch it."
Bennett has caught only 85 passes for 846 yards and four touchdowns with Cowboys since being a second round pick in 2008 out of Texas A&M. He has not caught a touchdown pass since his rookie season.
Bennett was the team’s best blocking tight end but was considered a disappointment by the Cowboys, because he didn’t have more of an impact in the passing game. They will not try to re-sign him.
Bennett believes he didn’t get enough opportunities and hopes to find a team that believes in him. He is the best tight end on the free-agent market, younger and healthier than Dallas Clark, who was cut by Indianapolis. Miami is certainly an option where former Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman is the offensive coordinator.
"I want a team that believes in me and the things I'm capable of doing," Bennett said. "I still believe I haven't yet scratched the surface of my potential, and I'm only getting better and better daily, even now. So, I think the sky is the limit for me and really I just want to be in a good organization that believes in the things that I can do and what I bring and what I have to offer."
-- Clarence Hill