Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Patriots Acquire Michael Bennett From Eagles

Patriots Acquire Michael Bennett From Eagles

Jeff McClane of the Philadelphia Inquirer then reported the cap-strapped Philadelphia Eagles would trade or release the veteran defensive end, and now the New England Patriots have acquired Bennett in a trade. New England will send a fifth round pick in the 2020 draft to acquire Bennett and a 2020 seventh round pick from Philadelphia. The Patriots have also had twin brothers Jacob and Cody Hollister on the roster for the past two seasons.

The 6-foot-4, 274-pound Bennett might be able to do some of the same things as Flowers, but it's notable that most defenses he has been part of over his 10-year career have played a notably different style.

Bennett, 33, was one of the team's top pass rushers in his only season with the Birds. Per PFF, Bennett recorded 78 total quarterback pressures as an Eagle last season, tying him with the Texans' J.J. Watt and New England's Trey Flowers for the third-most among National Football League edge defenders.

I just know at this point whatever team I go to I want to get paid more than I am now.

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Like Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Bennett has some unsettled legal matters and hanging over his head.

Martellus Bennett played two seasons with the Patriots in 2016 and 2017, before retiring in the 2018 offseason to focus on creative off-the-field pursuits.

The Bennett brothers also played together in college for three seasons at Texas A&M. He retired at the end of the season. He has made comments that make it seem like he would prefer staying in New England.

The trade news comes after the Patriots opted not to place their franchise tag on free agent defensive end Trey Flowers. Who wants to help the rich get richer? Bennett was the Eagles' second-best defensive lineman a year ago, finishing with nine sacks and 30 quarterback hits (only three players in the league had more). Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries.

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