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Martellus Bennett visiting New York, Giants hope to sign him quickly

Chris Neild,  Martellus Bennett

Washington Redskins nose tackle Chris Neild tackles Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


The New York Giants have a need at tight end, and they’re hoping to move quickly to fill that need by taking a player away from a division rival.

Martellus Bennett, a tight end who has played his entire four-year career with the Dallas Cowboys, is on his way to New York for a visit, and the Giants have identified him as their top target and hope to get him signed quickly, Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger reports.

As the No. 2 tight end behind Jason Witten, Bennett didn’t have a major impact in the Cowboys’ offense, catching 17 passes for 144 yards last season. But he’s a talented 6-foot-6 270-pounder who fills a major need for the Giants.

After the Giants lost two tight ends to torn ACLs in the Super Bowl and former Giants tight end Kevin Boss was sent packing by the Raiders, many NFL observers just assumed that Boss would find his way back to New York. But at the moment, Bennett is the tight end the Giants most want to sign.