It was a pleasant surprise to find that the New York Giants had the top rookie tight end in the league. Despite being an undrafted free agnet, being cut to start the season, and only starting half a season's worth of games, Will Tye of Stony Brook (nee Florida State) was the best at his position to enter the league in 2015.
He had a bit of a rocky start to the season, but Tye's thickness, strong hands, and powerful athleticism turned him into something of a secret weapon for the Giants. However the Giants are a team that needs more weapons on both sides of the ball.
Ian Rappaport of NFL.com is reporting that the Chicago Bears do not believe that Martellus Bennett's production (11 games, 53 receptions, 439 yards, 3 TDs) is worth the $5mil he is due to be paid in the last year of his contract. Rapport says that it would be a surprise is Bennett is on the field with the Bears in 2016, and that if they can't work a trade for him, he will be cut.
Could Bennett become a target for the Giants if he is cut? They currently lack a proven tight end -- Will Tye is much more of an H-Back -- and the lack of blocking from the tight end position has been an issue since Bennett left for Chicago. When he was a Giant, Bennett had the best season of his career (to that point), with 55 catches, 626 yards, and 5 touchdowns to go with punishing blocking.
At 28 years old, Bennett should have plenty left in the tank, and what ever team signs him -- if he becomes available -- would have to hope that he could produce like he did in 2014, when he made 90 grabs for 916 yards and 6 touchdowns.
So Giants fans, if he becomes available, would you want to see the Giants bring back "The Black Unicorn"?