Journeyman Martellus Bennett lands in Green Bay

 Martellus Bennett (80)
Martellus Bennett (80)

The Green Bay Packers are an early favorite to represent the NFC in Super Bowl. An improved defense and the fact they have Aaron Rodgers in the prime of his career are part of the equation. But Rodgers is also getting some help with the addition of veteran tight end Martellus Bennett, who came to the Packers as a free agent after winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots last season. Bennett and the Packers face another one of Bennett’s former teams when they visit the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 8 on Fox.

Bennett came into the league with Dallas as a second round draft pick in 2008 and spent four seasons as Jason Witten’s backup and, at times, part of a two tight end set. He then spent a year with the New York Giants before moving on to the Chicago Bears, who traded him to New England a month prior to the 2016 NFL draft. After Rob Gronkowski suffered an injury, Bennett became the starting tight end and put together one of his best seasons to date, including drawing a key pass interference penalty that helped seal the Patriots’ overtime win in the Super Bowl over Atlanta.

He signed with the Packers as a free agent and has a three-year contract. Bennett  again has the luxury of one of the league’s best quarterbacks throwing to him this season, making a second straight trip to the Super Bowl a very real possibility.

Martellus Demond Bennett

Born: March 10, 1987

Birthplace: San Diego, California

Height/Weight: 6 foot, 6 inches / 275-pounds

Teams: Green Bay Packers, 2017 – present; New England Patriots, 2016; Chicago Bears, 2013-15; New York Giants, 2012; Dallas Cowboys, 2008-11

Position: Tight End

No.: 80

College: Texas A&M

Drafted: 2008, Round 2, Pick 61

Honors and Achievements: Super Bowl LI champion LI, 2016; Pro Bowl, 2014

Dan Ladd

Dan Ladd

Dan Ladd is a freelance sports writer who works out of Gracenote’s Queensbury, NY office.

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