With the decision to move on from Julius Thomas, and with all other tight ends on the roster being either old or mediocre, the Jaguars clearly have a need at the position. The 2017 draft class is filled with plenty of intriguing tight end options, but could the Jags also be looking to add a veteran in free agency? According to a report from Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, that could be the case.
2 nuggets as I head home from the Combine: Pats remain interested in bringing back Marty Bennett, though Jags & Raiders are interested, too— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) March 4, 2017
Bennett being on the Jaguars radar shouldn't come as a shock. As mentioned above, the team has a need at tight end, and Bennett has played for Tom Coughlin for the one season he was with the New York Giants. Bennett spent this past season winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots, after he was traded there in the offseason from the Chicago Bears. Towards the end of his tenure with Chicago, Bennett was openly critical of his teammates, especially quarterback Jay Cutler. Before his three seasons with the Bears, Bennett spent the aforementioned single year in New York. He started his career with the Dallas Cowboys, playing there for four years after being drafted by the franchise in the second round of the 2008 draft.
Bennett is obviously a little long in the tooth, and his prior feuds with teammates will probably give some fans concern about bringing him in. However, Bennett would immediately become the Jags most talented tight end by far, and he now has championship experience, so it makes sense to give him a look.