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New England Patriots Rumor: Martellus Bennett Has Immense Interest From Other Teams

New England Patriots Rumor: Tight End Martellus Bennett Has Immense Interest From Other Teams In The AFC

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New England Patriots Rumor: Tight End Martellus Bennett Has Immense Interest From Other Teams In The AFC

The New England Patriots are aware that they need a solid back-up tight end for future hall of famer Rob Gronkowski due to Gronk’s injury prone play style, so when they acquire Martellus Bennett last offseason in a deal with the Chicago Bears it was an absoulute blessing for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense.

Bennett allowed the team to continue to throw the ball to the tight end even with Gronk missing most of the season due to an injury. Now with Bennett poised to enter free agency as one of the best free agent tight ends there has been significant interest from teams looking to acquire his services.

New England would love to resign the colorful personality but according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe there are several suitors looking at him including the Oakland Raiders and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bennett’s contract with New England expires at the start of the 2017 season on March 7, the Patriots have actually offered him a contract already before the start of the 2016 Super Bowl winning campaign. That offer came in at a reported $7 million per year according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Bennett turned that offer down in the hopes that a strong season could vault that price tag even higher.
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Bennett finished the 2016 season with 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdown receptions. In Super Bowl LI, he had five receptions for 62 yards which might be a big deal for a team like Oakland who could easily be in the Super Bowl conversation next season if their QB Derek Carr is healthy.

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Bennett has expressed interest in returning to New England, but looking at the Tweet above there seems to be no home town discount in the question in his case. While I would love to see Marty return to Boston and backup Gronk, you have to figure the Patriots will not chase his price tag especially with the team looking to land a big name wideout.

New England has ample salary cap room with just over $60 million dollars of free cap space at the moment, but with eyes on a flashy wide out and a lot of rotating pieces on defense needing to be filled the dollar amount they can offer Bennett may not end in a happy conclusion for those looking for his return.

The issue they might run into is behind Bennett on the free agent market there are slim pickings as you can see below in the top free agent tight ends not named Martellus Bennett.


Nothing truly stands out on this list, maybe a player like Cameron who has had success in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns before not panning out in Miami, or Cook who has talent but has struggled at times in Green Bay, or even a player like Davis who was an All-Pro tight end when he was with the 49er’s but at 33-years-old has struggled to remain relevant.

One name that might catch Bill Belichick’s eye is former New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell, a big bodied tight end that has red zone potential. He had a breakout year in 2014 with 6 touchdowns but since then his production has gone down with his snap counts diminishing. This past season he only saw 22 throws come his way in which he hauled in 15 for 92 yards and 1 touchdown. Nothing spectacular, but you can see some promise in the 28-year-old.

Obviously Bennett should be a priority in terms of securing a back-up tight end, but there are options in the free agent pool, and knowing Belichick there is likely some lacrosse player from Rutgers that could fill in.l

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Heaps Out, But Who’s to Blame in New England?

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Heaps Out, But Who’s to Blame in New England?

Hope springs eternal one week into the post-Jay Heaps era for the New England Revolution after a surprise 2-1 victory over table-toppers Toronto FC on Saturday. But despite taking three points from their first match since the skipper’s dismissal last week, the Revs will likely need to win out and receive a good bit of help to avoid missing the MLS Playoffs for a second consecutive year.

Who’s to blame for the slide into mediocrity since their 2014 MLS Cup appearance? Heaps was the first on the chopping block, yet many have questioned Revolution General Manager Mike Burns as well. Voices around the league from prominent agents, to national soccer writers, to the Twitter artist formerly known as @FakeJayHeaps have pointed to the GM’s culpability.

Burns stepped into his role as GM at the same time as Jay Heaps was brought before the 2012 season. In the build to 2014, he played a role in earning the Revolution a reputation for drafting well, utilizing homegrown players and making clever low risk-high reward acquisitions. Is any of that true in 2017? Has it been true since 2014?

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State of Trifecta Network

The last two months have been a whirlwind. There are no words that can truly describe what has happened to us as a website.

We went from a site that was getting an average of 2-3k viewers a week to getting that in a single day on average since the start of June. Since the start of June, we have been a credentialed member of the media to several of the teams in the area and look to increase that in the Fall.

Ultimately everything we create is meant to be read/consumed by our readers, you.  Often it is tough to get a vibe on what is or isn’t working in terms of content. That is why we would greatly appreciate if you guys give your thoughts in the comment section of this post to help us curate better content.

One thing we are looking forward to in the Fall is more reader/writer interactions. We will start doing Q and A’s related to all the Boston sports teams as well as a live Fantasy Football podcast where we will take your lineup questions.

The launch of the Fantasy podcast has yet to be decided, but expect it ahead of week 1 of the NFL season with a draft podcast. We will also be launching a Fantasy Football league to run alongside it if interested in joining fill out the contact form below with your information.

Trifecta Network is a growing platform, we will always be free and made for our readers. We appreciate your readership and want to build the best product we can to ensure the best Boston sports experience in the city.

You may have noticed more video content on the site, it is an area we are looking to improve, but not focus solely on. Many sports sites are going away from traditional writing, a move that I believe is a mistake.

If you ever have any thoughts or comments please feel free to reach out to us.

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Boston Red Sox: Realistic Trade Deadline Possibilities

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Third Base for the Red Sox has been a void for the last few months, and these names could help them fill it.

As we normally do, every Trade Deadline year after year the Red Sox always throw their hat in the race for the biggest name on the market. This season, Jose Quintana has been the biggest name that was moved and to no surprise the Red Sox checked in on him at some point in the season. With names like Sonny Gray, Todd Frazier, and David Robertson all potentially on the move, I assess the realistic opportunities for the Red Sox to cash in and find their missing puzzle piece at third base. These are some players that you may not of heard of that are likely on the radar for the Red Sox this season:

Jed Lowrie playing infield for the Oakland Athletics.

Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics

It shouldn’t be a surprise, but the former Red Sox infielder may find his way back into Boston. With Oakland exploding their team quicker than anyone in the bay area can fathom, most of the Athletics players become a target for trade opportunities (as we saw with Doolittle and Madson). In Boston, Jed Lowrie makes sense.

Lowrie is probably the most obtainable of this list. The switch hitter is hitting a respectable .272 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 83 games. He’s on pace to have one of his better seasons since 2014, but this is only due to injuries. Lowrie is notoriously injury prone, and his low cost can provide a valuable third/short/second option without moving an important player. He was a platoon player while in Boston before ultimately losing his job completely to Jose Iglesias, then Bogaerts, then Will Middlebrooks so platooning is nothing new to him. With Oakland owing him $6 million next year, you would expect the Red Sox to take part of the contract and give up a fringe prospect for him and to Dave Dombroski, this is pocket change. Prepare for the return of Jed Lowrie in Boston.

Josh Harrison at bat against the Miami Marlins.

Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates

While this is more of a stretch than a reality, I still want to talk about it in case it happens (making me look smart). Harrison has been a sort of Brock Holt style player for the Pirates since breaking into the league in 2011. A career .282 hitter, he doesn’t wow you with flashy power and high RBI totals. Instead he provides a reliable bat that in the lower half of the lineup.

Despite being a very reliable part of the Pirates lineup, and a potentially good fit for Boston, he is under contract through 2020. If the Red Sox plan on moving Devers like they did with Moncada, they better haul in a bigger return than 30 year old Josh Harrison. But if Dombrowksi pulls the trigger and decides to go with Harrison expect him to move to a different position if he sticks around. He might even end up at pitcher. Who knows.

Eduardo Nunez taking batting practice before the 2016 All Star game. He represented the Minnesota Twins for the American League.

Eduardo Nunez, San Francisco Giants

The former Yankee (and All Star, believe it or not!) is yet another player that provides flexibility when it comes to filling holes, but once again – all we are focusing on is third base. Red Sox Nation may be hesitant to see another former Giant taking reigns over third base but I promise you that Nunez is nothing like that dude that the Sox just DFA’d. In 67 games this year Nunez is just a tick under .300, batting .297 with 4 homers and 25 RBI. He’s also got 17 steals, so the tangible of stealing bases makes him more of an attractive pick up.

Nunez is also signed through this season – potentially making him an even better suit for Boston with prospects waiting. His numbers aren’t flashy, but they’re maybe the most respectable of this list considering he has spent some time on the disabled list. With the Giants in free fall, and more than likely selling the house in two weeks, I would put my money on Eduardo Nunez as one of the first to go.

With the deadline two weeks away, I think these three guys could end up in Fenway Park playing third base really soon. While the main point of focus is finding another reliable arm in the bullpen, it is necessary to find a major league ready third baseman who can provide a tangible that Marrero and Lin can’t at this early in their careers – and that is to hit with consistency. Check back in on July 31st and see the madness unfold.

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