Michael Bennett, welcome to New England.
The Patriots swung a trade on Friday to acquire the 3 time Pro Bowler from the Philadelphia Eagles.
In exchange for Bennett the Eagles will get a 2020 fifth-round pick and send the Pats their 2020 seventh-round selection.
Wondering if Bennett can still play, the answer is yes. He played in 16 games for the Eagles last year and finished with 34 tackles (15 for loss), nine sacks, 30 quarterback hits, and two forced fumbles.
Bennett is due a base salary of $6.2 million in 2019 with a $1 million roster bonus. The Eagles asked him to take a pay cut which he refused and may in fact be looking for a riase when he gets to New England.
“You’re always caught off guard whenever your name is brought up in the trade blocks, or being traded,” Bennett told the NFL Network. “But you understand that people want to acquire your services and we’re in a tough situation as far as the salary cap, but I’m not willing to take a pay cut. I actually want a pay raise at this point, and so whatever happens just to know that whatever team I go to I want to get paid more than I get paid right now.”
A short while after the news broke reports surfaced the Bennett’s brother and former Patriot Martellus Bennett might consider coming out of retirement to join his brother in New England.
Michael and Martellus Bennett always have wanted to play together. Now that the Patriots are trading for Michael, Martellus is interested in coming out of retirement to join his brother in New England, per a source. Then would be the McCourty and Bennett Bros. in New England.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2019
Bennett spent one full season with the Patriots in 2016 which ended with him winning a Super Bowl. He totaled 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns that season. Bennett signed with Green Bay the following season. He was sent back to New England on a waiver claim, played two games and was placed on injured reserve. He then retired after the 2017 season.
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