Bennett was the Eagles' second-best defensive lineman previous year, finishing with nine sacks and 30 quarterback hits (only three players in the league had more). Not only is the team parting with a Pro Bowl level football player, but it is also trading him to the Super Bowl winning Patriots. On New England's first four offensive plays, Bennett lined up at left end, left tackle, right tackle, and right end, and hurried Tom Brady on three of those plays.
The Patriots acquired Michael in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.
The Eagles don't need to rush to make a decision, as they're already under the 2019 salary cap, though if they intend to pursue any free agents clearing that $7 million off the books would help.More news: German minister hails Macrons plan for ‘European renaissance
His brother, Martellus, retired from the NFL last March after 10 seasons in the league, the most recent of which were spent with the Patriots.
In an interview with Deion Sanders on Opening Night in Atlanta, McCourty said that he "doesn't know for sure" what his future holds or whether or not he will retire but added that playing alongside his twin on the Patriots made the season extra special. The likelihood of Flowers remaining a Patriot just slimmed down tremendously.
The problem, of course, is that Schiano is New England's new defensive coordinator.
Well, that could hold some weight (especially if Bennett gets that raise he wants), but have we considered that maybe Bennett is here to replace Adrian Clayborn?