When the Giants lost tight end Kevin Boss to the Raiders heading into the 2011 season, there was palpable unrest from even the most trusting fans. After all, Boss helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII, and why the heck didn’t general manager Jerry Reese ante up to keep him? Well, Reese came up with a little-known player named Jake Ballard and, under the tutelage of Mike Pope — considered the top tight ends coach in the NFL — Ballard contributed in a big way on the march to victory in Super Bowl XLVII. Here we go again. As free agency kicked off yesterday, the Giants lost tight end Martellus Bennett after only one year in blue. Bennett signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the Bears, far too rich for the Giants. In one season with the Giants, Bennett hauled in 55 passes (second on the team), added ordinary blocking and authored countless colorful quotes (he dubbed himself the Black Unicorn and called himself a superhero). He wanted to stay, but the Giants clearly weren’t impressed enough to offer Bennett a lucrative deal to secure his services. The Giants don’t believe in spending big money on tight ends and are now in the market for a new one, as the roster is devoid of anyone who will keep any defenses up at night. They re-signed Bear Pascoe (four receptions in 2012) and hope Adrien Robinson, a 2012 fourth-round draft pick, can develop into “the JPP of tight ends’’ as Reese described him, comparing Robinson’s raw athletic ability to that of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
Giants TE Bennett signs with Bears
New York Post | Mar 13