Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten isn’t going to worry about Martellus Bennett.
The New England Patriots tight end didn’t have positive things to say about Witten in an ESPN E:60 feature on he and his brother. Bennett played for the Cowboys from 2008 to 2011.
“Witten didn’t talk to me when I was in Dallas. He didn’t help me,” said Bennett, whom the Cowboys drafted in the second round in 2008 out of Texas A&M. “Very rarely did we talk. I hated him. I hated Witten.”
Witten hasn’t watched the episode, but said he’s aware of what was said.
“Busy schedule. I’ll make sure to get around to that real quick to see it,” Witten said, as he laughed. “I did hear about it. Marty is a good player. He really is. He enjoys entertaining, but I’m glad he’s in a good place now and he’s having a good year so far. He is, he’s a good football player.”
Bennett was never able to oust Witten as the top tight end in Dallas. That may have had something to do with his comments, and reporters asked Witten about that.
“Hey look, I’ve always taken a lot of pride in that I want to play and play at a high level,” Witten said. “I’m always communicating and helping and all of that stuff. And there is a part of the business that I get. Martellus probably wanted his opportunity and be able to go play, and I get that. I don’t know where all that really kind of stems from. So that’s why I said I know he’s in a good place.
“For me, every day you got to go prove it and you got to go earn it and that’s something I have a chip on my shoulder and it really gives me confidence because that’s the way I approach it. Will that cost me sometime? ‘Hey, he was just a grinder and the tread on the tires got ran off a little early.’ Maybe so. But I don’t know that I would change it because of that.”