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I never thought Michael Bennett would be a good fit with the Patriots. Now he’s suspended because he can’t handle less playing time. Think he makes it through the year? They should trade him now. – Mike L.
Well, I wouldn’t call this a total surprise. Bennett hasn’t exactly been one to hide his feelings, and that’s when he was a star. Now he’s 33, and could still be a helpful pass rusher if he can accept his role, but I’m not sure he sees himself as a role player at this stage in his career. I’m not sure he ever will.
I do think they’ll trade him. I can’t see that Bennett-for-Danny Amendola daydream happening. I can’t see them getting much considering he’s still due approximately $4 million and there’s a limited pool of teams that would be interested. (Contenders presumably, and it’s hard to figure Bill Belichick would deal him within the AFC unless he thinks he’s washed up.)
It’s too bad, because he can help. That pass-rush specialist role is going to be an important one come the playoffs. And he should be well-rested.
But that role probably isn’t going to change – the Patriots seem to be playing a 2-4-5 defense half the time, and he’s a 4-3 guy – and he doesn’t seem like someone who will quietly accept it. I say they’ll trade him and a seventh-rounder to an NFC team for a sixth-rounder, one of those type of deals.
What does everyone else think? Will Michael Bennett stay with the Patriots through the whole season? I’ll hear you in the comments.