Last we heard regarding Bennett, Ian Rapoport reported that Bennett was expected to test the free agent market and there is a “real possibility” he could move on from the Patriots based on his asking price and offers this offseason.
Tight end isn’t an overly deep position in free agency, which leaves Bennett in a great position to cash in this year, assuming of course that he’s willing to leave the Patriots for top dollar.
Bennett, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2008. He spent four years in Dallas before joining the Giants as a free agent. The Bears later signed him to a contract only to trade him to the Patriots in return for a fourth-round pick.
Bennett just finished the final year of his four-year, $20.4 million contract that included $5.215 million guaranteed and made a base salary of $5.085 million for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Bennett appeared in all 16 games for the Patriots and caught 55 passes for 701 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 10 tight end out of 63 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.