With the start of NFL free agency just days away, the Eagles and Patriots are taking care of business early. The two sides agreed to a trade that sees defensive end Michael Bennett join the Patriots in exchange for a 5th round and 7th round draft pick, both for the 2020 draft. The deal will be finalized as soon as the new season technically begins on March 13th.
Michael Bennett played well in the 2018-19 season. The 33-year-old pass rusher was productive from defensive end, recording nine sacks and two forced fumbles in 16 appearances last season. Bennett has made his living rushing the passer, and will likely slide right into the starting lineup in New England, leapfrogging Deatrich Wise Jr. and Adrian Claybourne. Bennett has much experience in the 4-3 scheme that the Patriots implement, allowing him to make an instant impact next season.
The Patriots will be the fourth team that Bennett has played for in his career. The 10 year vet has had a career filled with success, including three Pro Bowl selections and one NFL Super Bowl Championship in 2014 (Super Bowl XLVII). In his 10 years, Bennett has recorded 327 tackles, 63.0 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, and one touchdown.
Rumors have suggested that the addition of Michael Bennett in New England could result in Michael’s brother, Martellus Bennett, to come out of retirement. Martellus was cut from the Patriots last season, but has been reportedly considering making a comeback if his brother was to join New England.