Cowboys acquires Patriots’ Michael Bennett

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

For the second time in one calendar year, Michael Bennett has been traded. This is his third team in one year.

In March, the Philadelphia Eagles traded Bennett to the New England Patriots. Then, he was traded from the Patriots to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.

Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett attempts to sack Eli Manning against the New York Giants
Michael Bennett attempts to sack Eli Manning against the New York Giants (Getty Images)

Both times, Bennett was acquired by his new team for seventh-round draft picks. The pick that the Patriots acquired from the Cowboys can be moved to a sixth-round draft pick if conditions are met between the two teams.

He was traded to the Cowboys after missing one game for conduct detrimental to the team.

“It’s America. You can voice your opinion about how you feel about certain situations. That’s what I did,” Bennett said after returning from his suspension. “… I got suspended. Lost money. What am I supposed to take away from that? There’s no love lost. It’s just how it is.”

Bennett signed a two-year deal with the Patriots in April. He received a two-year, $16.75 million restructured deal.

The deal includes $1.76 million in salary this season and $7 million in salary next season.

The 33-year-old Avondale, Louisiana native appeared in six games with the Patriots this season, including one start. He had five tackles, including three tackles for a loss, and four quarterback hits.

Bennett also had 2.5 sacks.

In his last game with the team, he appeared in 11 defensive snaps against the New York Giants. That was a season-low for Bennett.

In his last two games with the Patriots, his defensive snaps dwindled. He appeared in just 25 defensive snaps in those two games.

After appearing in 62 defensive snaps in his first two games, he appeared in 68 defensive snaps in the last four games.

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