Report: Bengals wanted Cowboys' Bennett

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters Wednesday that a team made a significant offer at the trade deadline for a "key player" on his roster, but he didn't reveal the player's name. ESPN's Chris Mortensen is now reporting that the player was second-year tight end Martellus Bennett.

Bennett has gotten off to a slow start this season after having an excellent training camp and preseason. At 6-6, he's a huge target and he's one of the most athletic players on the team. Jones indicated the Cowboys could have landed a premium draft pick for Bennett, but he chose to stick with the player.

Perhaps the Bengals' strong interest in Bennett will cause the Cowboys to actually throw to him occasionally. Bennett joked Wednesday that he's "the most popular four-catch player in the league." He was referring to a recent front page story in the Dallas Morning News that dealt with his prolific Twitter habits and fledgling rap career. Bennett has emerged as one of the most entertaining personalities on the team, but he hasn't been one of Tony Romo's favorite targets.

However, I'm told that he's been excellent in the running game. Bennett's already considered a highly effective blocker in his second season. I'm sure the Bengals felt like he could immediately be a front-line tight end for them -- and I believe that he would've been a tremendous complement to Chad Ocho Cinco. As long as Jason Witten's in Dallas, Bennett will continue to play second fiddle.