The Oakland Raiders are among the teams interested in free agent tight end Martellus Bennett, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports. Bennett won Super Bowl 51 as a member of the Patriots, and Volin reports New England still has interest in retaining Bennett. However, the Raiders and Jaguars are also rumored to have interest.
The 6-7, 248-pound tight end is coming off of a solid season with the Patriots, and he should draw steady interest as a free agent. He will turn 30 years old this month, but he can still be an effective player, as evidenced by his 2016 campaign in which he posted a career-high seven touchdowns, with 701 receiving yards -- the third-highest total of his nine-year career.
The Raiders drafted Clive Walford in the third round in 2015, and he still has time to potentially blossom into the type of player that Oakland envisioned when selecting the Miami tight end. But Bennett would give the Raiders a veteran presence, and, at this point in time, a more productive player. Walford played in 15 games in 2016, making eight starts. He scored three touchdowns to go along with 359 receiving yards.
If Bennett were to come to Oakland, the Raiders would seemingly have two capable pass-catching tight ends.
It remains to be seen what Bennett will command on the open market. Last month, he took to Twitter to tell his followers that he is not interested in taking less money than he feels he is worth. Bennett's preferred contract terms will play a role in whether or not the Raiders ultimately sign him.
If the Raiders are able to land Bennett, he would add to an already-potent offense. Derek Carr's receiving targets include Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper, and Seth Roberts. Adding Bennett would give Carr yet another option in the passing game, and would make the offense even more dynamic.