When the New England Patriots traded for former Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, the belief was that he would be a nice compliment to Rob Gronkowski. However, the veteran pass catcher wound up playing a much bigger role than expected.
Gronk went down in Week 12, causing him to miss the remainder of the season. Bennett finished the season with 55 catches for 701 yards to go along with seven touchdowns, which is a career-high.
In Super Bowl LI, Bennett hauled in five catches for 62 yards.
As Bennett preps for free agency, he made an interesting remark following the Patriots fifth Super Bowl championship.
Patriots TE Martellus Bennett: "I'm going into free agency as a Super Bowl champion. You know they overpay Super Bowl champions!" LOL
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) February 6, 2017
Once the quote surfaced the net, Bennett took a step backward.
@NFL that was actually a joke. But it's funny because it's true.
— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) February 6, 2017
If we’ve learned one thing about the Patriots over the years, they feel like anyone not named Tom Brady is expendable. So, don’t expect them to get involved in a bidding war over a backup tight end.
Source: New York Daily News