Patriots Trade Michael Bennett To Cowboys

Michael Bennett got his wish. On Thursday, the Patriots agreed to trade the defensive end to the Cowboys for a seventh-round pick that can turn into a sixth-round choice in 2021, as Adam Schefter of tweets

Bennett clashed with Pats brass earlier this month and led to an argument between him and defensive line coach Bret Bielema. Soon after, the veteran received a one-game suspension for airing his frustrations, which stemmed from a perceived lack of playing time.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has never been one to tolerate shenanigans and isn’t big into sentimentality. The team was high on Bennett after acquiring him from the Eagles in March – and even gave him a pay bump – but they haven’t had much use for him this year. The defensive end appeared in six games, but started just once. In three of those games, he saw less than 20 defensive snaps. In his last time out, against the Giants, he didn’t see the field until the second quarter.

On Friday, I had a philosophical disagreement with my position coach that has led to my suspension,” Bennett said in a statement. “I apologize to my teammates for any distraction this may have caused.”

Apparently, the distraction was enough to earn him a one-way ticket out of Foxboro. Meanwhile, the Cowboys now have a stronger DE rotation that features Bennett, Demarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn, Kerry Hyder, and Dorance Armstrong. Losing Tyrone Crawford for the year wasn’t ideal, but the Cowboys have gained back a lot of ground by adding Bennett to the mix.

In 2018, Bennett tallied nine sacks for Philly, marking his highest total since 2015. So far this year, the three-time Pro Bowler has 2.5 sacks on the stat sheet, giving him 65.5 in total across ~9.5 seasons.

The Cowboys are on their bye this week, so Bennett will have plenty of time to get acclimated and learn the new playbook. Then, on Monday Nov. 4, he’ll get to don his new threads for the first time when the Cowboys face the Giants. Fun fact: He faced the Giants twice last year and notched a sack in each game.

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31 comments on “Patriots Trade Michael Bennett To Cowboys

  1. Connorsoxfan

    Do they have a ton of dead money to eat from this or is it to help clear space for Sanu or maybe someone else?

      • vtncsc

        Gordon hasn’t been released. Just to IR. Doesn’t clear any space.

        Other moves were made for Sanu and Bethel.

    • Nes

      $24 mil in cap space this year…hopefully they use the rest to sign Cooper or Dak and not lose it

    • Boston1897

      Pats gain like $2.5M, don’t recall exact number but it was in the 2s

      • Connorsoxfan

        Cool! Thanks. I’ve always been a bit confused by the NFL cap with reworks and dead money, etc…

  2. crosseyedlemon

    What’s the over/under on how long it takes Bennett to get arrested in Dallas?

    • Phattey

      What’s funny is I’m a criminal justice major at unlv in Las Vegas and we had a whole entire class dedicated to when Bennett was out here and got arrested for running from the cops in a casino lmao

    • phillyvseverybody

      He’s gonna fit right in with the rest of those walking scandal magnets.

    • tank62

      2 weeks and he will blamey white people and lie about the poli e again

  3. Polish Hammer

    Long overdue for him to be a Cowboy. When they bring back Greg Hardy that will be an unstoppable duo, women, police, nobody would get in their way.

  4. anthonyd4412

    Both h Bennetts are complete head ASR’s and locker room cancers.

  5. 58camsnightmares

    Really? belichick never tolerates it? He signed AB… he’ll tolerate anything if he feels the player is talented enough…

    • vtncsc

      I think they meant shenanigans while on the team. Just like that one defensive guy who was naked and high and the police station.

      • Polish Hammer

        Oh there’s never any shenanigans in NE, just “philosophical differences” with Mr. Bennett…LOL

          • Polish Hammer

            Makes you wonder what really went on there, considering some of the nonsense they have tolerated and cover up.

            • Connorsoxfan

              They don’t tolerate nonsense from role players. If you’re good enough to warrant some cover up you might get it… LOL

  6. kpak

    Good riddance piece of crap, should have never been on the team in the first place.
    Hate it when Belichick goes bottom fishing.

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