Raiders free agency: Packers snare TE Martellus Bennett off market
- Author: Angelo Rivera Mar 12, 2017,
Mar 12, 2017, 0:09
Running back Eddie Lacy is making free agency visits and will meet with the Packers brass during his travels.
Bennett became an immediate fan favorite in New England due to his weird soundbites and social media hilarity. Last season, he recorded a 43.2-yard gross average and a net average of 39.1 yards on 56 punts with 19 inside the 20.
Bennett's 701 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns in 2016 with the New England Patriots are numbers the Raiders haven't seen out of a tight end in many years. He drew a huge pass interference penalty in overtime of Super Bowl LI that set up the eventual game-winning touchdown run by James White. Even if it is a good draft for outside rushers, they'd be woefully thin at a position that only Matthews has come in and mastered as a rookie since Dom Capers installed his defense in 2009.
In Bennett, the Packers are getting a player who might be known more for his quotability than his football prowess, but he actually possesses plenty of both. If the Packers front office wants to bring the Lombardi trophy back to Green Bay, they should sign some impact players as soon as possible.
Although Cook finished with only 30 receptions for 377 yards and one touchdown in regular-season play, he played so well that Rodgers openly politicked for his return, saying Cook "needs to be near the top of the priority list" to re-sign.
After he was waived last year by Washington, Griffin signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Browns.
Over his four-year career, Tretter made just 10 starts and played in 31 of a possible 64 games.
Micah Hyde signed with the Buffalo Bills Thursday.
The 6-foot-6, 275-pound tight end reportedly signed a multi-year deal with the franchise, but the terms have not been released at this time. According to Acme Packing Company, Hyde spent the majority of last season at cornerback and it was "one of his better seasons, recording 58 tackles, 11 pass breakups, three picks and a sack".