What reported Michael Bennett trade means for Patriots, including Trey Flowers

Ryan Hannable
March 08, 2019 - 4:12 pm
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It appears Bill Belichick has a thing for brothers.

According to multiple reports, the Patriots and Eagles are finalizing a deal that would send defensive end Michael Bennett and a 2020 seventh-rounder to the Patriots in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick. Michael is of course the brother of former Patriots tight end Martellus.

This seems like a no-brainer for the Patriots, as even if Bennett doesn't work out, it's not like much was lost pick wise. It should also be noted it appears Belichick and the Patriots really do not like picking in the fifth round, as they consistently trade out of that round and don't have a selection this year.

So, what is there to know about Bennett?

The 33-year-old just finished his 10th year in the league. He spent his first four in Tampa, next five in Seattle and then last year in Philadelphia. He was second on the Eagles in sacks with nine, which tied for the second-most of his career. He had 10 in 2015. Being close to his mid-30s, he's certainly not the impact player he once was, but can certainly be a solid role player who can get after the passer.

Some might say this means the Patriots know they won't be able to keep Trey Flowers, but that shouldn't be the case. What is a better scenario is the team is preparing to move on from Adrian Clayborn, and this move was done to offset that. Bennett and Flowers are completely different players and if Flowers moves on the Patriots will need to do a lot more than just get Bennett to replace him.

One other noteworthy piece is new defensive coach Greg Schiano coached Bennett in Tampa during the 2012 season. Bennett apparently wasn't a fan, even referring to him as a "stiff" during a 2015 radio interview.

Given the cost, this seems like a good deal for the Patriots.

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