Giants sign Cowboys TE Bennett as free agent

TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer Published:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The Super Bowl-champion New York Giants have signed tight end Martellus Bennett as a free agent.

The Giants announced the signing late Wednesday without giving contract details.

Bennett spent the past four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys as the backup to Jason Witten, catching 85 passes for 846 yards and four touchdowns.

The Giants were in need of a tight end after starter Jake Ballard and backup Travis Beckum suffered major knee injuries in the Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots

A second-round draft choice from Texas A&M in 2008, Bennett also is an excellent blocker. The Giants running game struggled most of last season and it is going to be a question mark next season after the team's decision to release veteran Brandon Jacobs.