Bill Belichick explains Michael Bennett trade, acknowledges he still could have helped Patriots

Ryan Hannable
October 25, 2019 - 12:23 pm

FOXBOROUGH -- Although it isn't official, Bill Belichick acknowledged Michael Bennett has been traded.

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Bennett has reportedly been dealt to the Cowboys in exchange for a sixth or seventh-round pick, based on certain conditions.

“There’s a lot of factors. Multiple considerations on this," Belichick said Friday. "Look, in the end I think Mike is a good player. We brought him here, he helped our team. I think he would help us, but we only have a certain number — certain things we have to work with and work around, and that is what we have to do.”

The veteran defensive end was suspended for the Jets game after getting into a disagreement with Bret Bielema, the Patriots' defensive line coach. Bennett was upset over his lack of playing time, which included a season-low 11 snaps in his last game against the Giants.

When speaking Wednesday, Bennett still seemed frustrated and did not seem willing to buy into the Patriots' system, which doesn't have him playing as much as he would like.

Belichick said Bennett did not request a trade.

Bennett and his new team, the Cowboys, will come to Gillette Stadium on Nov. 24.

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