New England Patriots Trade Michael Bennett to Dallas Cowboys

Michael Bennett

The New England Patriots made a long-expected move, shipping out disgruntled defensive lineman Michael Bennett to the Dallas Cowboys. In exchange, the Cowboys sent the Patriots a seventh-round pick which could become a sixth-round pick in 2021 if certain incentives are met. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news.

Michael Bennett Traded From New England Patriots to Dallas Cowboys

Bennett initially joined New England in an offseason trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Acquired after losing Trey Flowers in free agency, Bennett was supposed to play a large role in New England’s defense. However, thanks to the emergence of Jamie Collins and Danny Shelton, New England has spent more time running a 3-4 base defense. Bennett’s largely been a role player and grew disgruntled, resulting in a one-week team-mandated suspension. At the end of the day, Bennett ends his Patriots career with 2.5 sacks, five tackles, and three tackles-for-loss.

Bennett initially entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After spending his first two seasons coming off the bench, Bennett earned a starting role in 2011. During his first season as a full-time starter, Bennett recorded four sacks, 39 tackles, and 18 tackles-for-loss. Bennett spent one final season in Tampa Bay before joining the Seattle Seahawks in 2013. Playing a key role along the defensive line, Bennett recorded 8.5 sacks, 31 tackles, and nine tackles-for-loss while helping Seattle win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

Throughout the course of his 11-year NFL career, Bennett has played for the Buccaneers, Seahawks, Patriots, and the Philadelphia Eagles. During his time on the field, the former undrafted free agent has 65.5 sacks, 341 tackles, 121 tackles-for-loss, and 182 quarterback hits. Bennett joins a Dallas Cowboys team currently in first place of the NFC East with a 4-3 record.

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