Martellus Bennett's future affects TE spot

INDIANAPOLIS -- With Green Bay re-signing Jermichael Finley to a two-year contract this week, Martellus Bennett moves up a spot in the pecking order of free agent tight ends.

The thinking is that Bennett wants a chance to start and play more elsewhere, but coach Jason Garrett has not closed the door on a possible return for Bennett, the team’s second-round pick in 2008.

“We have to see what happens with Martellus and what kind of opportunity he has elsewhere compared to what we would give him here and evaluate that situation,” Garrett said. “We value tight ends and Martellus has been a guy sometimes people have beaten up on but has been an effective player for us. He’s one of the best blocking tight ends in the league and we feel he can still grow as a receiver.”

If Bennett leaves, the Cowboys will have to address the tight end spot in free agency and/or the draft with only Jason Witten and John Phillips on the roster. The Cowboys have carried four tight ends on the 53-man roster at different times in the last few years.