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Patriots trade Michael Bennett to the Cowboys

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Back in the division.

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Michael Bennett is back in the NFC East.

The New England Patriots traded the soon-to-be 34-year-old pass rusher to the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report from ESPN. The cost was a mere seventh-round pick that can get bumped up to a sixth-round selection depending on condition.

It’s no surprise the Patriots moved on from Bennett. The team suspended him for conduct detrimental to the team just last week. Bennett clearly wasn’t happy with his lack of playing time.

The Patriots acquired Bennett from the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this year in March. The Eagles sent Bennett and their 2020 seventh-round pick to the Patriots in exchange for New England’s 2020 fifth-round pick.

Bennett finished second on the Eagles in sacks in 2018 and first among among his defensive end teammates. Off-field considerations clearly led to the Eagles (and Seahawks and Patriots) trading him but the team misses his on-field pass rushing ability this season.

The Eagles’ offensive line was scheduled to face off against Bennett in Week 11 but now he’ll be coming to Philly as a member of the Cowboys in Week 16 instead. (Assuming he doesn’t wear out his welcome with his fourth team since March 2018, that is.)

Great.