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The Titans will probably take a look at Martellus Bennett, but he sounds a whole lot like Jared Cook to me.
Another option the Titans could explore now that Jared Cook is set to walk out the door is Martellus Bennett. He had 55 catches for 626 yards and 5 touchdowns last season. To put that into perspective, Cook only has 8 touchdowns in his career, has never caught more than 49 passes in a season and has only eclipsed 626 yards once.
To be fair to Cook though, all of Bennett's numbers were easily career highs. His production was very inconsistent while he played for the Cowboys, and like Cook here, he always seemed to be more potential than production.
I asked Ed Valentine of Big Blue View for the odds Bennett stays in New York and for a little bit of a scouting report:
The odds that Martellus Bennett stays in New York seem to be diminishing. The Giants don't have a ton of cap room and Bennett wants to get paid, you just have to follow his Twitter account -- @JoeGryffindor -- to figure that out.
He came to the Giants on a one-year, $2.5-million deal and after a career-high 55 catches he wants to cash in.
My take is he is a good player, but not a great one. He can catch, block and run pretty well for a tight end. But he isn't Tony Gonzalez or Jason Witten.
I also think it's really a two-horse race for Bennett -- either the Giants or Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bennett's brother, Michael, plays for the Bucs (although he is also a free agent) and Bennett has said if he can't work out a deal with the Giants he wants to play with his brother. Of course, a big payday might change his mind.
That is not exactly a ringing endorsement, and he doesn't seem like a guy that the Titans would be willing to get in the mix for. I can't say that I blame them.