Martellus Bennett wants to stay

December, 26, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martellus Bennett only sees great things ahead if he's back with the Giants in 2013.

"To get another season in this offense, I think I can be twice as good as I was this year and continue to improve," Bennett said Wednesday.

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AP Photo/Gail BurtonMartellus Bennett, wrapping up his first season with the Giants, hopes to be back next year.
Whether he'll be back or not is the big question. The tight end's one-year deal is up at the end of the season, and Sunday's game could be his final one with Big Blue. Bennett expressed a desire to stay with the Giants, but free agency is the great equalizer.

"I’m happy I’ve been here and I want to be here for a long time," Bennett said. "But you all know how that goes."

After an underwhelming start in Dallas, Bennett is having the best season of his career with the Giants. He's posted season-bests across the board, catching 54 passes for 611 yards and five touchdowns. Bennett believes that each week he's been able to show improvement. But he said he didn't know of any contract talk between the Giants and his agent.

"As a player I’m still growing up. I haven’t hit a plateau or anything like that," Bennett said. "I’m just still increasing my ability and playing better week to week, whether it’s blocking, running routes, the way I’m getting open, things like that. Every week has been getting better and better and better. So I think the sky’s the limit."

When he played with the Cowboys from 2008-11, Bennett never lived up to the expectations placed upon him after being a second-round draft pick. While a lot of that had to do with playing behind Jason Witten, Bennett never became the weapon Dallas envisioned in the passing game. He did excel in the running game, but when he became a free agent, the Cowboys didn't bring him back.

He's proven this year that he can be a starting tight end in the league.

"I think the biggest knock on me was who I was as a person, which nobody knew," Bennett said. "I think my teammates will tell you I’m one of the first people here every single day, I’m one of the last people to leave, and I go hard every day. Whether it’s practice or it’s a game, they know that I’m going to go hard."

As Bennett prepares for free agency, his brother, Michael, will be in the same situation. Michael is a defensive end for Tampa Bay who has nine sacks -- more than any Giants player this season. Bennett said he's always wanted to play on the same team with his brother, adding that hopefully they could play together on the Giants.

There might be one flaw in that idea, though.

"I don't know if New York can handle two Bennetts," he said.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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