Michael Bennett has been one of the best defensive linemen in the National Football League for quite some time.
Michael Bennett might've just made it more hard for the Eagles to trade him. Bennett recorded nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss, and 30 quarterback hits during the regular season, and added a sack, three tackles for loss, and three QB hits in Philadelphia's two playoff games. Bennett fits the Patriots very well, considering he is very versatile, playing all along the line and doing it well. Historically, the Patriots aren't quick to give out expensive long-term contracts to even the elite players they have.
What the reported pickup of Bennett means for the future of Trey Flowers remains to be seen, but it's believed that the Patriots are going to let Flowers test the open market and then swing back around to see if they can match any offer thrown his way.
This is a chess move by Belichick and the Patriots, who game the free agent.
Bennett had a limited role prior to Barnett's injury past year and was asked to rush from the right side of the line after spending much of his career on the left side. "Of course you always want to be with the team that you play with". Bennett's attorney has stated that his client will enter a not guilty plea if the case goes to trial.