Patriots trade Bennett to Cowboys

Ruben Hill
October 25, 2019

The Patriots are sending veteran defensive end to the Cowboys after he reportedly requested a trade, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified league sources.

The Patriots recently suspended Bennett for one game due to conduct deemed detrimental to the team, so there was definitely some tension going on behind thescenes in terms of playing time.

Bennett was suspended by the team last week after getting into a disagreement with Patriots defensive line coach Bret Bielema. "I apologize to my teammates for any distraction this may have caused". Bennett had five tackles and 2.5 sacks in six games for the Patriots - only one of those as a starter. In that six-game span, he had been on the field for 133 of 374 defensive snaps (35.6%).

That is the greatest benefit to the club, as the draft-pick compensation is modest. The Patriots will view this trade as a win (and it is for their organization), but they shouldn't have acquired Bennett in the first place.

It's a small price to pay, but Bennett brings some serious cache to a Cowboys pass rush that already features two Pro Bowlers.

"It is what it is", Bennett said Thursday when speaking with reporters. "And really focused on coaching the group that we have". The move is also a nod to the loss of Tyrone Crawford, who tried to play through a hip injury but needed surgery and is out for the season. Second-year defensive end Dorance Armstrong did not play a week ago because of a stinger but he was on the practice field this week. He also was playing a different defensive role than he manned in previous stops with the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This is actually the second time Bennett has been traded in 2019. The Patriots just wanted to get Bennett out of New England, after previously suspending him, while the Cowboys added a proven situational pass rusher as they make their run at the NFC East title.

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