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July 21, 2020 02:48 PM
Michael Bennett: Retires from football
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett is retiring from the NFL, Louisa Thomas of The New Yorker reports.

Bennett has a lofty reputation for his work both on and off the field, piling up 69.5 sacks in 11 NFL seasons while also focusing on social justice advocacy. He recorded 6.5 sacks and 15 QB hits in 15 games with the Cowboys and Patriots last year, so there was some thought he'd continue playing in 2020. Instead, the 34-year-old will call it a career and turn his full attention to other aspects of life.

January 7, 2020 09:00 PM
Cowboys' Michael Bennett: Marginal impact with Cowboys
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett played 15 games split between the Patriots and Cowboys in 2019, finishing with 32 tackles (24 solo) including 6.5 sacks.

The veteran pass rusher began the year in New England, but, after getting slapped with a one-game suspension for "conduct detrimental to the team," Bennett was dealt to Dallas where he was marginally more productive down the stretch. Even so, the 6.5 sacks were his lowest total while staying mostly healthy in a campaign since 2011. The 34-year-old is an unrestricted free agent after having the final year of his deal voided by the Pats following the suspension, and he'll likely have to settle for something much less than the $8.25 million he was set to make in 2020 if he wants to continue his career.

December 15, 2019 03:08 PM
Cowboys' Michael Bennett: Active in Week 15
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett (foot) is active for Sunday's Week 15 tilt against the Rams, Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Bennett will overcome his questionable designation and suit up for what is a pivotal game for the Cowboys in their playoff push. The veteran defensive end's presence will also be welcome against a Rams passing game that has appeared revitalized over the last two games in favorable matchups against the Cardinals and Seahawks.

December 13, 2019 11:48 PM
Cowboys' Michael Bennett: Receives questionable tag Week 15
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Bennett turned in two limited practices during the week before sitting out Friday in what was likely a planned absence. The 34-year-old has been playing through the injury for weeks and will look to do so again Sunday.

December 11, 2019 08:28 PM
Cowboys' Michael Bennett: Logs limited session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett (foot) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Bennett recorded a 70-percent snap share in Week 14's loss to the Bears after being a limited participant in the three practices preceding the contest, so there's no major concern about his status for this Sunday's matchup against the Rams. Since arriving in Dallas, Bennett has generated four sacks and 14 quarterback pressures over six games, but Jared Goff has been a tough man to take down this year, recording the fourth-best sack percentage in the league (3.8).

December 4, 2019 09:48 PM
Cowboys' Michael Bennett: Not hindered by injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett (foot) won't carry an injury designation into Thursday's matchup against the Bears, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Bennett only played 38 defensive snaps during Week 13's loss to the Bills due to this foot injury. With Antwaun Woods (knee) ruled out, Bennett could see increased usage in this prime-time contest.

November 29, 2019 06:20 PM
Cowboys' Michael Bennett: Injured in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett injured his foot in Thursday's loss to the Bills, Brianna Dix of D210 Sports reports.

Coach Jason Garrett stated that he was optimistic Bennett would be good to go Week 14 against the Bears. The 34-year-old has made an impact since joining the Cowboys, registering three sacks in five games.

November 18, 2019 12:36 PM
Cowboys' Michael Bennett: Two sacks in Sunday's win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett collected two sacks among his three tackles in Sunday's win over the Lions.

The veteran pass rusher now has three sacks in three games since joining the Cowboys, more than he had in six games for the Patriots prior to being traded. Bennett has provided a jolt to a Dallas front seven that already featured proven QB hunters in DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn, and the 34-year-old could be poised for a revenge game in Week 12 against New England.

November 5, 2019 08:44 PM
Cowboys' Michael Bennett: Collects sack in Cowboys debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett posted three tackles (all solo) and one sack in Monday's 37-18 win over the Giants.

Bennett notched his first sack in a Cowboys uniform during Monday's tilt, while also making an appearance on 60 percent of the team's defensive snaps in his debut with the team.

October 31, 2019 02:24 PM
Cowboys' Michael Bennett: Restructures contract
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett restructured his contract with the Cowboys on Thursday and will become a free agent in March, Grant Gordon of reports.

Bennett is now set to become a free agent in March as the result of his restructured contract. In the last three seasons Bennett has spent time with four different teams, and he'll be free to test the market again after the conclusion of the 2019 season. The 33-year-old hasn't yet suited up for a game with the Cowboys.

October 25, 2019 05:04 PM
Cowboys' Michael Bennett: Traded to Dallas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Patriots will trade Bennett to the Cowboys for a conditional late-round draft pick, Mike Reiss of reports.

With five tackles and 2.5 sacks in six games with New England, Bennett's impact has been limited this season. In the wake of his one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, the Patriots have decided to move on, with the move also freeing up some valuable cap space for the team.

October 22, 2019 10:20 PM
Patriots' Michael Bennett: Suspension lifted
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett had his suspension lifted by the Patriots on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bennett was unavailable for Monday's victory over the Jets while serving a one-week suspension due to conduct detrimental to the team. More specifically, Bennett reportedly got into a "philosophical disagreement" with defensive line coach Bret Bielema. With the suspension now complete, Bennett should return to his usual role in the Week 8 game against the Browns.

October 16, 2019 12:08 PM
Patriots' Michael Bennett: Receives one-week ban
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett was handed a one-week suspension by the Patriots for conduct detrimental to the team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

According to Jordan Schultz of ESPN, Bennett said he got into a "philosophical disagreement" with his position coach Friday, which led to the suspension. The veteran defensive end has seen a diminished role in recent weeks and played only 11 defensive snaps in last Thursday's win over the Giants. Deatrich Wise and Chase Winovich remain available to work as reserve defensive ends for Monday's game against the Jets.

September 22, 2019 05:36 PM
Patriots' Michael Bennett: Notches another sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett registered two tackles and a sack in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jets.

This is Bennett's second straight game with a sack, and he now trails only Jamie Collins (2.5 sacks) for the team lead. Bennett's IDP floor is still low with just three tackles through three games, but the journeyman packs a nice ceiling with his pass rush.

September 16, 2019 04:32 PM
Patriots' Michael Bennett: Registers sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett recorded a sack in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

Bennett didn't post a stat in his Patriots debut, but he made an impact in Week 2 despite playing just 25 of 63 possible defensive snaps (40 percent). His opportunities may rise as the Patriots face tougher competition, and his next chance will be Week 3 versus the Jets' backup QB Trevor Siemian.

July 29, 2019 12:12 AM
Patriots' Michael Bennett: Returns to training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett was back at practice Sunday after missing the beginning of training camp due to personal reasons, Mike Reiss of reports.

Bennett was traded to the Patriots this offseason and is set to take on a starting role on the defensive line for 2019.

July 27, 2019 03:36 PM
Patriots' Michael Bennett: Absent from training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett has remained absent from the beginning of training camp due to personal reasons, Zack Cox of reports.

Although the Patriots would like to have their new defensive end in attendance, Bennett's absence appears to be excused as he tends to a personal matter. In the meantime, rookie Chase Winovich could see additional reps with the first-team defense alongside fellow end Deatrich Wise.

April 16, 2019 12:24 PM
Patriots' Michael Bennett: Skipping voluntary program
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett wasn't spotted at the Patriots' voluntary offseason training program Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

His absence shouldn't be a surprise, Yates points out, as Bennett takes residence in Hawaii in the offseason. Bennett was traded from the Eagles on March 14, after recording 34 tackles (25 solo) and nine sacks last season. The 33-year-old presumably will join the team at some point in the offseason and is projected to seal a starting spot on the Patriots' defensive line.

April 4, 2019 12:08 PM
Patriots' Michael Bennett: Felony charge dropped
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The felony charge Bennett faced from a March indictment was dropped Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reports.

Bennett was alleged to have injured a 66-year-old paraplegic while pushing his way onto the field after his brother, Martellus Bennett, won Super Bowl LI with the Patriots. With those charges dismissed, Bennett can now fully focus on integrating himself within that same New England squad in advance of the 2019 campaign.

April 2, 2019 12:52 PM
Patriots' Michael Bennett: Restructures contract
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bennett and the Patriots have agreed to a reworked contract with a base value of $16.75 million over the next two seasons, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Traded from Philadelphia to New England in mid-March, the 33-year-old defensive end now receives a contract more to his liking, highlighted by a $4 million signing bonus. Bennett is working on seven straight years with at least five sacks, producing 57 in 107 games during that stretch. He should be headed for heavy snap counts as New England's replacement for Trey Flowers (Lions).


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