As a backup to a perennial Pro Bowl tight end, Martellus Bennett sure has a knack for making news off the field.
There was the time he got in trouble for a poor choice of lyrics for a song he did on YouTube.
Now, Bennett is sticking his neck out for the backup quarterback in a way that, you know, might not endear him so much to the starter. That’s because Bennett went on KESN-FM 103.3 in Dallas and announced that there should be an open competition between Tony Romo, the three-time Pro Bowl performer, and Jon Kitna, the journeyman who Bennett took a liking to in the second half of last season.
“Kitna is one of my favorite people to play with,” Bennett said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Just being out there on the field with that guy just makes you play even harder. He made some things happen in limited time, so I think if he got a longer chance, he'd be able to do more.
“I hope there's a chance for a quarterback competition this year. Every position, I think we need to put more competition into it.”
Kitna got the offense rolling a little bit before the end of a miserable season for the Cowboys. Dallas was 1-5 with Romo starting at the beginning of the season before he suffered a broken collarbone that knocked him out for the remainder of the year.
But the 38-year-old Kitna doesn’t figure to be the player the Cowboys hitch their wagon to, and by stepping out like this Bennett can’t be surprised if he’s open and Romo isn’t slinging him the rock. Teams try to avoid quarterback controversies at all costs. Bennett, it seems, would like to spark a little fire for one.
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