We know that the New York Giants did not get good enough play from the tight end spot in 2016, a statement that applies to both the pass receiving and the inability to block consistently in the run game.
The dream scenario for many Giants’ fans would be for the team to sign Martellus Bennett as a free agent. We have looked at that possibility, and Bennett did leave the door open.
Bennett to the Giants, though, does not seem realistic. Remember Bennett’s “You know they overpay Super Bowl champions!” remark after his New England Patriots won the Super Bowl? Bennett wants to get paid:
“You do the math,” Bennett said. “There’s a number that every guy has to hit because you only get so many opportunities to actually get paid in the NFL.
“So you want to make as much money as you can while you’re doing it because this game is not guaranteed, so every guy needs to get paid and every guy probably feels like they should get paid more and I would agree with them.”
The Giants, with other needs and a plethora of talented tight ends in the 2017 NFL Draft class, probably won’t be willing to spend big money on a tight end who will be 31 in March.
In recent days, the Giants have said free agent Larry Donnell won’t be brought back, and reportedly re-signed exclusive rights free agents Will Tye and Matt LaCosse.
Paul Dottino of WFAN recently tossed out a low-budget idea that wouldn’t give Eli Manning an additional receiving threat, but would undoubtedly help the blocking aspect. Dottino suggested the Giants look at adding veteran blocking tight end Anthony Fasano as a free agent.
Fasano is an 11-year veteran who has played for four teams and never caught more than 41 passes in a season. He caught only eight balls in 16 games for the Tennessee Titans last season. He is, though, a terrific blocker.
Top-graded run-blocking TEs of 2016— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 12, 2017
Anthony Fasano, TEN, 88.1
Nick O'Leary, BUF, 83.1
Tyler Eifert, CIN, 77.9
Charles Clay, BUF, 77.6 pic.twitter.com/xnzjq9eLtb
I don’t know at this point if the Giants would be interested in a player like Fasano. I’m not even sure you could fit Fasano and Johnson on the same roster because I don’t know if the Giants want to return to using a fullback, something they did not do in 2016.
Still, while we are discussing players the Giants could possibly target in free agency, a move like this would not require a big commitment by the Giants.
Is this something you would like to see them consider?