Maybe Martellus Bennett will fulfill his potential at some point of his NFL career, but it’s become painfully obvious it won’t happen in a Cowboys uniform.
At this point, it appears to be in the best interests of both parties to just move on.
Bennett has the size and athletic ability to be a weapon in the Cowboys’ passing game, but it’s foolish to think it will suddenly happen in the fourth and final season of his rookie contract. It’s clear that coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo simply don’t trust Bennett.
Why would they? He doesn’t take advantage of the opportunities that he’s given.
Look at the throw to Bennett in the end zone during the fourth quarter against the Redskins. The ball bounced off his hands after Bennett failed to attack it.
You can complain about Romo not throwing a jump ball for the 6-foot-6, 260-pound former Texas A&M basketball player to get over 5-foot-9 cornerback Josh Wilson. Romo threw to Bennett’s back shoulder instead. Whatever.
That’s a play Bennett needs to make. It ought to be as easy as a power forward posting up a point guard. It should have been his first touchdown since November 2008.
No wonder Bennett, who had a pair of drops in the preseason, has only had two balls thrown his way in two games this season.
Bennett’s net yardage is actually negative right now. He has one catch for 6 yards and cost the Cowboys a big run with a holding call on the first possession of the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys’ decision to draft Bennett instead of Jermichael Finley, who has developed into a star in Green Bay, appears to be a colossal mistake. For that matter, their decision to cut Scott Chandler last season looks pretty bad. Chandler has four touchdowns during the Bills’ 3-0 start, matching Bennett’s career total.
Of course, turning down the Bengals' offer of an early-round pick for Bennett a couple of years ago ranks as a pretty big mistake, too.
But it does no good to look back. Might as well look forward, which should mean giving John Phillips more playing time and scouting college tight ends to find Bennett’s replacement on the roster for next season. If a team dangles a draft pick for Bennett before the trade deadline -- any pick -- take it.
It’s just a matter of time before Marty B. moves on and his potential becomes another team’s problem.