In 2009, the Giants signed free agent defensive lineman Chris Canty from the Cowboys for a six-year, $42 million deal. Martellus Bennett cost them less.
Bennett signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Giants on Wednesday, leaving Dallas after four seasons.
In New York, Bennett will have the chance to become the No. 1 tight end. Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard both tore anterior cruciate ligaments in the Super Bowl and aren't expected to be ready for the start of the season. Ballard caught 38 passes for 604 yards and four touchdowns last season, while Beckum had five for 93 and a touchdown. The Giants were left with only Bear Pascoe, who had 12 catches for 136 yards, and Christian Hopkins, a practice squad player, on their roster.
Bennett had texted he was a "officially a Giant" this afternoon before deleting the post. But it is official.
Bennett never lived up to the expectations the Cowboys had for him when they made him a second-round pick in 2008 out of Texas A&M. He caught 85 passes for 846 yards and four touchdowns in his four seasons. All four of his touchdown passes came his rookie season.
The Cowboys now are left to find a third tight end to go with starter Jason Witten and John Phillips. The Cowboys are visiting with Bears tight end Kellen Davis. In four seasons, Davis has 28 catches for 300 yards and nine touchdowns. He caught 18 passes for 206 yardsd and five touchdowns in 2011.
-- Charean Williams