Dolphins free agency: Witty tight end Martellus Bennett is a serious talent

Martellus Bennett is known for his humorous tweets, but he’s also a skilled tight end who could bring a new dimension to the Dolphins’ offense.

03/08/2013 12:01 AM

03/09/2013 12:10 AM

Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin want quality players who are quality people.

But over time, that alone can get a bit ponderous. Fans (not to mention the media) wouldn’t mind a little pizzazz to go along with production.

Which is why Martellus Bennett would be an intriguing – and dare we say fun – replacement to outgoing tight end Anthony Fasano.

While Fasano is at times as exciting as Ambien – he’s a Parcells type-guy, through and through – you literally have no clue what Bennett, who spent 2012 with the Giants after four years with the Cowboys, will say from one moment to the next.

His self-styled nickname is Black Unicorn. Why? Because his skill set – athleticism, size and blocking ability – is so rare, Bennett says.

At the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine, the two-sport star told reporters that “football is my wife and basketball is my mistress.”

And his Twitter account – Bennett uses the handle @JoeGryffindor because he’s a huge Harry Potter fan – is a riot.

Just a taste of his recent musings:

•  “Being on the [free agent] market is a good thing when you’re pretty. Last year I was ugly and I did aight. A prettier Marty this year.”
•  “Flight attendants are always prettier in first class but they don’t have the quality of conservation as the ones in the back.”

And

•  “The wife thinks I’m crazy for suggesting she goes to the grocery store in the Bentley. My favorite place to go in it is Popeyes.”

And that’s just in the last week.

FROM COWBOYS TO GIANTS

But with Bennett, his packaging has never been an issue. He’s pure entertainment. The question has been with his performance.

During his four non-descript years in Dallas, he was known more for taking shots at Tony Romo than catching touchdowns from him.

He sought to change that narrative in New York, where Bennett – the younger brother of Buccaneers pass-rusher Michael Bennett – excelled in 2012, playing out a one-year contract.

Bennett set career highs in catches (55), receiving yardage (626) and touchdowns (5). And along the way, he positioned himself as the No. 1 tight end option in free agency, according to Pro Football Focus.

“He had already shown himself as a great run-blocker, and this year proved he can support the passing game as well, as he posted 70 or more yards in four games,” the website opined. “While he may never lead the league as a receiving tight end, it is rare to find someone who can truly do it all at the position.”

Bennett, a 6-foot-6, 265-pounder, takes particular pride in being the NFL’s version of a Swiss Army Knife.

“People think they’re suppose(d) to do one or the other,” he wrote on Twitter recently. “Get one that can block and one that can run routes. That’s stupid.”

With Bennett, it has never been one or the other – in anything he has done.

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