FOXBOROUGH — Per week after being suspended for conduct detrimental to the group, the Patriots shipped defensive finish Michael Bennett to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday afternoon, in line with an NFL supply.
The Patriots will obtain a seventh-round decide in 2021 in return, although the compensation may flip right into a sixth-round choice primarily based on how Bennett performs with the Cowboys.
The 11-year veteran, who mentioned Wednesday he “appreciated enjoying right here,’’ will return to New England Nov. 24 when the Patriots host the Cowboys.
The 33-year-old Bennett has now been traded thrice in 19 months. The Seahawks despatched him to the Eagles in March 2018, and the Patriots traded for him this previous March.
That is the second commerce this week for the defending Tremendous Bowl champions, who acquired receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Falcons for a second-round decide on Tuesday.
The Bennett commerce will clear about $2.6 million in cap house, permitting the Patriots some flexibility ought to they determine to make extra strikes. The NFL commerce deadline is Tuesday.
Bennett was at apply Thursday and appeared in a great temper within the locker room, carrying headphones and singing quietly.
Bennett had a “philosophical disagreement” with line of defense coach Bret Bielema that led to his suspension. He returned to apply on Wednesday after lacking the 33-Zero win over the Jets on Monday night time.
“It’s America. You possibly can voice your opinion about how you’re feeling about sure conditions. That’s what I did,’’ Bennett informed reporters Wednesday.
Bennett mentioned he “didn’t take away nothing” from the suspension.
“[I] misplaced cash,’’ he mentioned. “What am I supposed to remove from that? There’s no love misplaced. It’s simply how it’s.’’
Bennett’s enjoying time has decreased because the season has gone on in his first yr in New England, and that possible is among the causes he has appeared sad.
Bennett performed a season-high 39 snaps within the season-opening win over the Steelers. He performed in simply 11 of a doable 50 defensive snaps within the win over the Giants.
He had 5 tackles and a couple of.5 sacks whereas enjoying 133 of 374 defensive snaps (36 %) in six video games.
“It’s all the time an adjustment if you’re not enjoying, simply getting used to it,’’ Bennett mentioned about his dwindling enjoying time. “However we’re profitable, and that’s an important factor for me as a teammate. However I believe as a person, you all the time need to play extra and make some extra performs. So, it’s all the time that nice steadiness between each.’’
The Patriots’ protection ranks first in each main statistical class, together with factors allowed (27), opponents’ yards per play (3.96), opponents’ passer score (34.6), opponents’ third-down conversion price (14.3), opponents’ red-zone scoring (16.7), takeaways (22), and interceptions (18).