DEVELOPING: Pats working on trade for DE Bennett

Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake sacks Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Miami Gardens Fla. SYR

DEVELOPING: Pats working on trade for DE Bennett

The Seahawks waived him the same year, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claiming him two days later.

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.

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.


"The Bennett brothers were going nuts trying to get it somehow so they could play together on the Patriots", NFL Network reported Ian Rapoport said at the time. "Whatever team I go to, I want to get paid more than I do now".

Like Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Bennett has some unsettled legal matters and hanging over his head. The chief, Art Acevedo, also called Bennett "morally bankrupt".

Bennett showed he can play at the highest level in his first season with the Eagles. Historically, the Patriots aren't quick to give out expensive long-term contracts to even the elite players they have. He has made comments that make it seem like he would prefer staying in New England. The likelihood of Flowers remaining a Patriot just slimmed down tremendously.


He will now join the Super Bowl champions as a replacement for Trey Flowers, a pending free agent who is now all but guaranteed to sign elsewhere this offseason.

In Bennett's only season in Philadelphia, he finished tied for eighth in the league in tackles for a loss (18), and ranked fourth with 30 quarterback hits, while recording nine sacks and two forced fumbles. The team still has the salary-cap space to do so after acquiring Bennett, while also leaving itself room to make other necessary moves.


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