DEVELOPING: Pats working on trade for DE Bennett

Elena Summers
March 10, 2019

He registered nine sacks and 34 tackles during the 2018 campaign.

Bennett, a product of Texas A&M, won a Super Bowl as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. The 6-foot-4 Bennett also arrives to New England signed through the 2020 season.

Michael Bennett becoming a New England Patriot was a shock to many. Still, Some feel that Bennett could still contribute enough on defense to warrant a bigger contract and shipping him to the Super Bowl champs has caused an uproar with many fans. Bennett had already established himself as one of the league's best multi-gap pass-rushers, but this was above and beyond. Now they have a replacement in Bennett, at a lower rate ($7.2 million cap hit this year) with no concrete commitment beyond 2019. Bennett announced he was retiring shortly after that on March 23, 2018.

With that production still there, and with future paydays dwindling given his age, it's no surprise that Bennett has been vocal about wanting a raise before the start of the 2019 season.

Earlier Friday, Bennett appeared on NFL Network, knowing his time with the Eagles would soon be over.

The problem, of course, is that Schiano is New England's new defensive coordinator.

Martellus, who retired last offseason to pursue creative endeavors, is interested in playing for the Patriots, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The likelihood of Flowers remaining a Patriot just slimmed down tremendously.

Bennett's arrival shouldn't automatically close the door on Flowers' return - it's more likely to affect Adrian Clayborn's return for a second season - as it's a trade the Patriots would have made regardless of Flowers' free-agent status. But at the same time, I know it' a business and you want to be able to make money whenever you get the opportunities to.

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