Martellus Bennett
Martellus Bennett
32-Year-Old Tight EndTE
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Packers in March of 2017. Waived by the Packers in November of 2017. Claimed off waivers by the Patriots in November of 2017. Patriots declined $6.25 million team option for 2018 in March of 2018.
Plans to stay retired
TEFree Agent
March 19, 2019
Bennett said he doesn't plan to come out of retirement, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Bennett hinted at a return to football after his brother was traded to the Patriots, but he's now making it clear that his focus is on his company, The Imagination Agency. The 32-year-old tight end struggled with injuries in 2017 and didn't play in 2018.
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How do Martellus Bennett's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 6"
275 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.68 sec
Shuttle Time
4.53 sec
Cone Drill
7.64 sec
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
Broad Jump
118 in
Bench Press
18 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Patriots didn't bend over backward to force the ball to Bennett last season, and the presence of Rob Gronkowski was overwhelming for two months, yet Bennett still finished as the No. 10 tight end in PPR formats. It marked his third top-10 finish in the last four years. Green Bay is his fifth stop in 10 years, as he's been a well-traveled player, for whatever that means to you. Aaron Rodgers has never been overly fond of featuring his tight ends; most of his touchdowns go to wide receivers. But maybe that's been a matter of talent and rapport -- Jermichael Finley and Richard Rodgers were maddening players in many ways. Bennett, on paper, is the best tight end the Packers have had in the Rodgers era. And while the team appears to have strong pass catchers, each of them comes with significant cause for concern. Jordy Nelson is entering his age-32 season (Bennett is 30 himself). Davante Adams could be a one-hit wonder. Randall Cobb looked compromised last season even when he was healthy. Bennett has missed just nine games in nine professional years, with six 16-game seasons on his ledger. He's always received props as an intelligent player who adjusts to a new scheme quickly. We suspect Rodgers will enjoy his new weapon, especially around the goal line, but Bennett still doesn't belong in the elite class.
After a career year in 2014, Bennett had his worst season as a starter in 2015. While he lost less than a target per game off his 128-target pace from the year before, his efficiency cratered. His YPC was the second-lowest of his career, and his YPT was his lowest since his days as the backup to Jason Witten in Dallas. A rib injury cost him five games, including the last four, and the emergence of Zach Miller allowed the Bears to trade Bennett to the Patriots to save $5.2 million in cap space. But will there be enough left over for him playing alongside Rob Gronkowski? Well, in 19 games played with Gronkowski in 2011-12, Aaron Hernandez averaged 7.6 targets per game. Bennett, though, likely will be used more as an in-line tight end than Hernandez, who was often used in the slot. That said, there are targets up for grabs, as the departed Brandon LaFell leaves behind 74 and the Patriots replaced him with only the untested Chris Hogan. And with 4.68 speed, Bennett can rack up yards on his own - in the last three years, he is second among TE to only Gronkowski in YAC with 1,099. At 6-6, 273, Bennett could prosper in the red zone as Gronkowski will be the first choice for double-teams by defenses. His role is uncertain, but Bennett has upside in a Tom Brady offense even as the No. 2 TE.
Bennett led tight ends in receptions last season and set career highs for yards and touchdowns, an impressive feat considering the many weapons in the Bears' offense. But he was more a volume play (128 targets, second among TE) than explosive. The Bears had trouble going downfield to their top two receivers (62 fewer targets than in 2013), instead dumping it off to Bennett and Matt Forte, who set the all-time record for catches by a running back. Bennett's yards per catch (11.7 to 10.2) and yards per target (8.1 to 7.2) both fell, and his production was uneven. After scoring four touchdowns the first three weeks, he scored just twice more. He had six games with less than 40 yards receiving, including the fantasy-championship-week dud of the year with one catch for no yards in Week 16. Part of the problem was a struggling Jay Cutler, who eventually was benched for Jimmy Clausen (Week 16 for Bennett's bagel). Bennett could continue to see a high volume of targets this season. Rookie wideout Kevin White probably won't match the 106 targets of the departed Brandon Marshall, and Forte likley won't have another record-breaking year. Plus, new offensive coordinator Adam Gase presided over a high-flying offense in Denver that turned tight end Julius Thomas into a star despite the many hands to feed. Better red-zone efficiency would protect Bennett from a loss in volume. The 6-6, 265-pound Bennett converted just five of his position-leading 22 red-zone targets into touchdowns last year — 11 tight ends had as many.
Bennett had a career year in his first season in Chicago, but that was only enough to make him a fringe top-10 tight end as the team's fourth receiving option. While he had 94 targets, he averaged just 11.7 yards per reception. And much of that he did on his own -- he led tight ends with an average of 6.2 yards after the catch -- as he was often used in check downs and dump-offs. Shorter passes helped Bennett improve his catch rate by eight percentage points to 69.1 percent (sixth), but he was held to less than 50 receiving yards in nine games. And while he scored three touchdowns in the first two weeks, he had just two more the rest of the way. It's curious why the 6-6, 265, Bennett was not used more in the red zone. He had a healthy 16 red-zone targets (sixth), but those accounted for just 22.2 percent of the team total (ninth), with just four coming in the last nine games (two inside the 10-yard-line). The Bears were one of two teams last year (Denver) that targeted three non-TE at least 90 times. With Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte in the fold, Bennett's targets probably won't increase much, making his value dependent on his work at the goal line.
After scoring in each of the first three games last year, Bennett managed just two more touchdowns the rest of the way, and he topped 80 yards receiving only once all season. And though he played 16 games, Bennett was hobbled for much of the season by a hyperextended knee, as well as by an inconsistent Giants offense that failed to pass for more than 250 yards in seven of its last nine games. A massive 6-6, 270, Bennett uses size more than speed to beat defenders. His large frame is also an asset in the red zone where he saw 16 targets last season, seven inside the 10-yard line. Now that he's in Chicago, Bennett will have Jay Cutler getting him the ball, but it's unclear how the Bears will incorporate the tight end into the offense. Last season, the Bears threw to No. 1 tight end Kellen Davis only 44 times, but Davis is not known for his pass catching, and in any event, there's an entirely new coaching staff calling the plays. New offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, who spent the last five years in New Orleans and filled in as head coach early last year, is likely to be more tight-end friendly, and the entire offense should move at a faster pace.
Bennett brings his talents to the Giants after spending the last few seasons playing behind Jason Witten in Dallas. The Giants had a hole at tight end with both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum rehabbing ACL injuries, giving Bennett an opportunity to carve out a prominent role in the passing game. Bennett could prosper working between the numbers with Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks attracting attention from opposing defensive backs. Bennett is a huge red-zone target at 6-6 and has good speed for his listed playing weight (270), but he showed up to offseason workouts at 291 pounds, reviving the work-ethic issues that dogged him in Dallas. Bennett has the talent and opportunity to produce, making him an intriguing fantasy considering -- as long as proves he’s matured.
Bennett turned in a solid effort in 2010 as Dallas' second tight end, but didn't definitively establish himself as Jason Witten's heir apparent. He lacks breakaway speed but otherwise has the physical tools to be a potent weapon in the passing game, especially in the red zone, but so far in his career Bennett hasn't shown the focus or discipline necessary to take full advantage of his gifts. With the more polished John Phillips returning from injury, Bennett may have to take a step forward in his development to keep his TE2 spot on the depth chart.
Bennett took a step back last season as a second-year pro and caught only 15 of the 30 balls thrown his way. He wasn’t used much in the passing game after a strong preseason and then missed two late-season games due to a concussion. Bennett squabbled with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett over his role, and where that leaves him for 2010 is unknown at this point. In any event, Jason Witten’s dominance doesn’t provide a lot of leftovers for Bennett, even though Bennett has good size (6- 6) and speed for the position.
Bennett very quietly recorded four touchdowns last season, playing second fiddle to Jason Witten. While Bennett has excellent size (6-6, 259) and good speed for the position, it’s hard to imagine him having an enormous role with Witten, Roy Williams and three quality running backs on the roster. Should something happen to Witten, however, Bennett has a good deal of upside, so long as he keeps his focus and maintains his consistency. There’s little doubt about the 22-year-old’s physical skills, so bump him up a bit in keeper leagues.
Backup TE will learn from one of the best in Jason Witten.
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Interested in New England
TEFree Agent
March 8, 2019
Bennett is interested in coming out of retirement to play with his brother for the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Announces retirement
TEFree Agent
March 23, 2018
Bennett announced his retirement via his personal Twitter account on Friday.
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Won't be retained by New England
TEFree Agent
March 7, 2018
The Patriots informed Bennett on Wednesday that he would be released, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Hopes to play in 2018
TENew England Patriots
February 23, 2018
Bennett (shoulder) indicated that he plans on playing in NFL in 2018, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Headed for IR
TENew England Patriots
November 27, 2017
Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) will be placed on injured reserve, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
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