Off Day podcast: What is next for Michael Bennett?

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October 18, 2019 - 10:09 am
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On Tuesday, Michael Bennett was suspended a week for conduct detrimental to the team. Via a statement, Bennett said it was due to a disagreement with his position coach, likely defensive line coach Bret Bielema.

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The 33-year-old has seen his playing time diminish each week since the start of the season to a low of 11 snaps against the Giants last Thursday night.

With the trade deadline approaching, some have speculated the Patriots could try and trade him, but on the latest Off Day podcast with Andy Hart, Ryan Hannable and special guest Paul Perillo, perhaps Bennett's trade value isn't worth it.

“I do agree, his trade value has to be at least a little bit less based on the suspension," Perillo said. "It was a swap of picks originally in March? If that was his value in March and now you have played half a season, he hasn’t played very much in it -- and I think you can eliminate 20 teams from being interested. If you are 2-4, you’re not trading for Michael Bennett. You are not trading for a 33-year-old defensive end who is not playing much and making a lot of money. There are only a certain number of teams who would really be interested and some of those he’s already played for and might not want him back.”

Based on the suspension, other teams might have some concerns.

“At 33, he may not be an every-down player anymore and he’s seeing a limited role in New England, if (another team) brings him in to be a rotational pass rusher, is he going to hate that?, said Hart. "Because he hates it (in New England), are we going to be in the same boat and suspend him and he’s going to think he’s more? I just think his value is very, very limited right now.”

Added Hannable: “He’s not a guy that just wants to get a ring, he wants to play.”

Bennett wasn't the only topic discussed as the guys got into the Patriots offense, the upcoming trade deadline and more.

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