Giants sign Cowboys TE Bennett as free agent
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)
The Giants announced the one-year, $2.5 million deal Wednesday.
''In our situation it's a perfect match, because here we are with two guys that aren't going to be able to go,'' coach Tom Coughlin said. ''We get a guy with this quality and we can say to him, `You go out on the field, you go from less than 30 percent play time to 70-75-80 percent play time just by virtue of if you come here and if you are willing to pay the price to be what you want to be. Here's the opportunity.'''
A second-round draft choice from Texas A&M in 2008, Bennett also is an excellent blocker. The Giants' running game struggled most of last season and it is going to be a question mark next season after the team's decision to release veteran Brandon Jacobs.
''In Dallas, my main role was to block, run block,'' Bennett said. ''I think I was a big part of the run offense that we had out there. I actually enjoy blocking, honestly. The thing I like about coming here, the situation here is that I don't only have to block. I get a chance to do more things. Last year, I only had 23 targets with the Cowboys and I played a whole lot of snaps. I think this year I'll get a chance to show both ends of the spectrum. I don't like to be labeled. I don't want to be labeled as a pass-catching tight end or a blocking tight end. I just want to be a tight end.''