Skip to main content

Bennett All But Confirms He's Gone

After four years of highs and lows with the Cowboys, Martellus Bennett is now considered one of the top free agent tight ends, if not the  best player available at the position.

Bennett isn't going to let the opportunity to maximize his value go by without taking full advantage, telling on Friday that he's looking forward to seeing what the open market has to offer.

"I'm not opposed to staying, I'm not opposed to going," Bennett said. "I think the Cowboys have been a great organization for me. I've learned so much. It's been a humbling experience being here. I got to play with one of the best, and I'm kind of ready to branch off and become my own entity."

Bennett said he is not negotiating with the Cowboys at this point, though he has been at the facility working out this offseason and has spoken to teammates and coaches who have wished him the best in the free agency process.

After posting just 85 catches, 846 yards and four touchdowns over four seasons playing behind Jason Witten, Bennett hopes to find a team that will use him more as a receiver.

"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."

Whichever team signs Bennett will be betting on his upside, the same as the Cowboys have since picking him in the second round of the 2008 draft.

"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 what I do and what I bring and what I have to offer."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.