What could be next for Michael Bennett following suspension?

Ryan Hannable
October 15, 2019 - 4:09 pm

FOXBOROUGH -- Michael Bennett's frustration reached a boiling point following playing a season-low 11 snaps against the Giants last Thursday night.

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According to a statement through ESPN, Bennett "had a philosophical disagreement" with defensive line coach Bret Bielema, and that led to him being suspended a game for conduct detrimental to the team, this according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Mike Giardi.

Bennett will not play against the Jets Monday night, but now the question becomes where do the Patriots go from here?

The NFL trade deadline is two weeks from Tuesday, but him being suspended does not help the Patriots when it comes to potentially getting much in return for him. Teams could potentially think the Patriots are close to cutting him, so why would they give up much in return?

At this point, it appears the most the Patriots will be getting for Bennett is a conditional pick. With that being said, if the Patriots release Bennett they would save roughly $2.5 million in cap space and that money could go towards acquiring an upgrade on the offensive side of the ball.

Although, should the Patriots really be looking to trade him?

The thing is despite his limited snaps, when Bennett has been on the field, he's produced. Even playing 36 percent of the total defensive snaps this year, Bennett has 2.5 sacks, three tackles for loss and four quarterback hits.

The best course of action may be to try and get him back on the reservation.

His production is still there and the Patriots are an injury away from his role being significantly bigger. What if Adam Butler, or another defensive lineman were to go down? What if a linebacker goes down and the team switches to more of a 4-3 base, then Bennett becomes very important. 

It appears Bennett just doesn't fit the new 3-4 scheme and therefore he's a situational pass-rusher instead of an every-down player like he has been at every other point in his career. For a 33-year-old who has made the Pro Bowl three times, that may be hard to accept, but that is life in New England.

While it may be easy just to move on from Bennett, option No. 1 should be to try and get his mind right and convince him to change his attitude.

You never know when he might be needed. 

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