Michael Bennett will return to Philadelphia this season…. Just not as a part of the Eagles or Patriots.
It’s been a tough stretch for the Philadelphia Eagles, who are heading into Week 8 on a two-game losing streak. The 3-4 Eagles aren’t exactly down for the count, but they are in a pretty rough position and could use some help, no thanks to injuries and underperforming players.
One area where the Eagles could use some help is on the defensive line. As they lost not one, but two defensive ends from last season in Michael Bennett and Chris Long, the Eagles haven’t been nearly as productive in rushing the passer.
In other words, they were really missing Michael Bennett, who led all Eagles defensive ends in sacks last season. While Bennett didn’t demand a trade from Philly, the front office had no intention of paying him. As a matter of fact, they wanted him to take a pay cut. Knowing he was far from willing to agree, the Eagles dealt away Bennett for a late-round pick to the Patriots.
Fast forward to Week 8, and the Patriots’ experience with Bennett is not going so smooth. Typically, New England gets the best of aging veterans, but it seems as though Bennett didn’t exactly buy into the ‘Patriot Way.’ Therefore, New England traded him away as well.
Michael Bennett takes a move to Dallas
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they traded away Bennett thinking they were getting him out of their conference and wouldn’t have to worry about it. Now, Bennett is suddenly a part of the NFC East division once again.
On Thursday, NFL Insider Adam Schefter announced that Dallas made a trade with the Patriots to acquire Bennett for a seventh-round pick. And suddenly, the Cowboys upgrade their defensive line even more with the addition of Bennett, for almost nothing.
Originally, Bennett was slated to make his return to Philly during Week 11 when the Eagles host the Patriots, but now the veteran pass rusher is out of New England. Instead, Bennett will come back to Lincoln Financial Field for the first time since last season when the Cowboys visit during Week 16. Funny enough, that game could end up being for the division if the Eagles bounce back.