The New England Patriots have a slew of impending free agents on defense, but they also have a particularly notable one on the other side of the ball.
That would be tight end Martellus Bennett, who’s impressed in his first season in New England following a trade from the Chicago Bears and is set to hit the open market in 2017.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Sunday the Patriots plan to make re-signing Bennett “an offseason priority.” The eccentric pass catcher addressed the potential for a contract extension after New England’s 30-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
“My money’s good,” Bennett told reporters, via MassLive.com. “I’m just going through every game and playing football. When they address it, they address it. If they don’t, I’m not really worried about it. I have a diverse portfolio, so I’m not really tripping about that. I’m not really worried about that right now. I’m just trying to make plays and continue to play really good football.”
Bennett has done just that for much of this season, catching 39 passes for 518 yards and four touchdowns while also excelling as a blocker. He was relatively quiet Sunday, however, catching just one pass for 14 yards on two targets while fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski sat out with a chest injury.
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