In Bennett's only season in Philadelphia, he finished tied for eighth in the league in tackles for a loss (18), and ranked fourth with 30 quarterback hits, while recording nine sacks and two forced fumbles. The 31-year-old, who turns 32 on March 10, actually played a key role in the Patriots' Super Bowl LI victory over the Falcons. It was reported Friday morning that he was set to be traded to New England.
Bennett, who will make $7.2 million in 2019, was believed to be on the trading block after refusing to take a paycut from the Eagles.
Bennett played five additional seasons in Seattle before spending one year with the Eagles. So, it seems as if the Patriots are going with the temporary option that can give a solid year or two without the long-term commitment.
Friday, Bennett addressed those rumors and something he said might now make it more likely that that the Eagles release him than trade him. "So just to know that whatever team I go to, I want to be paid more than I'm getting paid right now".
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With Rob Gronkowski considering retirement and Dwayne Allen leaving in free agency, the Patriots may indeed be in need of a tight end this offseason. He would've led the team in sacks if he was on New England's roster in 2018. From New York he made the jump to Chicago, where he spent three years with the Bears and earned a Pro Bowl spot in 2014.
The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Flowers has proven to be a versatile chess piece along the line of scrimmage in the Patriots' multiple scheme, aligning everywhere from outside the tackle to over the center.
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?