Possible Replacement For Bennett Is Gone

IRVING, Texas --Cross off one potential replacement for Martellus Bennett, if indeed the fifth-year tight end isn't expected to return next season.

The Bills on Thursday re-signed former Cowboys backup Scott Chandler to a two-year contract. Chandler, a native of Dallas suburb Southlake, alternated between the Cowboys' 53-man roster and the practice squad in 2009 and 2010.

He broke out last season in Buffalo under ex-Cowboys head coach Chan Gailey, catching 38 passes for 389 yards and six touchdowns.

Bennett has four career touchdowns in a crowded Cowboys passing game since 2008. But there's a strong market for Bennett, and there's a good chance the Cowboys wouldn't try to match a substantial offer for him.

John Phillips isn't the same on-the-line blocker as Bennett, but he's a logical choice to step in as the No. 2 tight end next season given the Cowboys' numerous needs elsewhere. A modestly priced free agent or late draft pick is a possibility.

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