Eagles coach Doug Pederson believes Michael Bennett will be happier in New England

Ryan Hannable
March 26, 2019 - 5:35 pm

Michael Bennett was only a member of the Eagles for a year and while he totaled nine sacks, he likely felt he could have had more as he wasn't a starter and had more of a rotational role.

Bennett was traded to the Patriots just prior to free agency and speaking at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday, Eagles coach Doug Pederson believes the 33-year-old will have a better time in New England.

"I'm excited for Michael because, one, it gives him a chance to play and really be a starter," Pederson said to reporters. "That's what he wanted to do. They're getting a great person as well. He's a good teammate. He's obviously dynamic on the football field. He's got a lot of gas left in the tank. It'll be exciting to watch him."

He added: "His whole career he's been a starter. When he came to us, the expectation, and we've always been open and honest, we rotate a lot of guys up front on the d-line. He was inside. He was outside. We obviously added Malik Jackson to take some of that pressure off of him always coming inside. And now this gives him an opportunity to play."

With the Patriots losing Trey Flowers in free agency, Bennett has the chance to see significant playing time this coming year.