Patriots give Michael Bennett the new contract he wanted

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Shortly before he was traded from the Eagles to the Patriots, Michael Bennett said he wants a raise. Now he has it.

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Patriots and Bennett have agreed to a reworked two-year deal.

Bennett still has two years remaining on his contract, but he gets a $4 million signing bonus now and the base value of the two years is increased to $16.75 million. So Bennett gets more guaranteed money and more money over the total two-year deal, but his cap hit decreases by $700,000 this year, giving the Patriots a little more flexibility to bring in more players this year.

The 33-year-old Bennett has reached an age when many veteran players are getting squeezed to take pay cuts, and there was talk that if he had stayed in Philadelphia, that’s what the Eagles were going to do. Bennett stood his ground and got the money he wanted.

59 responses to “Patriots give Michael Bennett the new contract he wanted

  1. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:16 am
    The Pats have a 2 decade dynasty avoiding guys like this, I don’t get the signing??
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    Oh really? Corey Dillon, Randy Moss, Adalius Thomas, Chad Johnson, Albert Haynesworth ring a bell?

  2. They have signed “troubled” players before- Albert Haynesworth, Randy Moss, Corey Dillon come to mind- and it’s worked out. They did have his brother, TE Martellus B., for a year and are familiar With Michael B. They won’t do anything stupid.

    The Patriots and Eagles are the two best run franchises in the NFL.

  3. Bennett IS still good…was very productive for the Eagles. I think in the last 2 years he’s cooled down on his anger issues and playing well. He want’s another ring bad and thats why he’s concentrated on balling.

  4. savethebs says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:26 am
    TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:16 am
    The Pats have a 2 decade dynasty avoiding guys like this, I don’t get the signing??
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    Oh really? Corey Dillon, Randy Moss, Adalius Thomas, Chad Johnson, Albert Haynesworth ring a bell?

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    Adaluis Thomas, Chad Johnson, Albert Haynesworth did not make in the system either, and I think that is the path he believes this will go down… not the path of Corey Dillon or Randy Moss. Michael Bennett ain’t breaking the sack record this year for you guys

  5. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:16 am
    The Pats have a 2 decade dynasty avoiding guys like this, I don’t get the signing??

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    Guys like what? Michael Bennett is great.

  6. 6burgh says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:33 am
    savethebs says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:26 am
    TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:16 am
    The Pats have a 2 decade dynasty avoiding guys like this, I don’t get the signing??
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    Oh really? Corey Dillon, Randy Moss, Adalius Thomas, Chad Johnson, Albert Haynesworth ring a bell?

    3 0 Rate This

    Adaluis Thomas, Chad Johnson, Albert Haynesworth did not make in the system either, and I think that is the path he believes this will go down… not the path of Corey Dillon or Randy Moss. Michael Bennett ain’t breaking the sack record this year for you guys

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    He doesn’t need to break the sack record. Flowers didn’t either. He just needs to be good. Not exceptional.

  7. What all you “stingy Patriots don’t pay so must be getting desperate” narrative-ranting haters are overlooking is that this raise only makes Bennett the 4th highest paid Pats defender (McCourty, Hightower and Gilmore are all being paid more). Bennetts pay seems about right.

  8. mikemanning95 says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:32 am
    Desperation!
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    How? Sounds more like the other teams trying to keep up and signing high priced FAs.

  9. dannywhite11 says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:56 am
    mikemanning95 says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:32 am
    Desperation!
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    How? Sounds more like the other teams trying to keep up and signing high priced FAs.

    It’s not and he knows it. Every offseason the Patriots get new players and every offseason the crybabies say the same thing

  10. terripet says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:59 am
    The cheaters will regret this
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    You are a step or two below pathetic.

  11. razzlejag says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:27 am
    They have signed “troubled” players before- Albert Haynesworth, Randy Moss, Corey Dillon come to mind- and it’s worked out. They did have his brother, TE Martellus B., for a year and are familiar With Michael B. They won’t do anything stupid.

    The Patriots and Eagles are the two best run franchises in the NFL.
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    Pleeease, do not use the Eagles ass deodorant for your statements, the Pats have been remarkably good, leave it at that, let everyone jump on your comments in the first line. Leave the Eagles out of it.

  12. $100 Bennett plays some of the best ball of his career. Adams and BB have had a crush on him for years.

    This could be something like with how BB was gushing over Moss in 2007.

  13. razzlejag says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:27 am
    They have signed “troubled” players before- Albert Haynesworth, Randy Moss, Corey Dillon come to mind- and it’s worked out. They did have his brother, TE Martellus B., for a year and are familiar With Michael B. They won’t do anything stupid.

    The Patriots and Eagles are the two best run franchises in the NFL.

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    Eagles have never won a superb bowl without coach pederson terrible run franchise

  14. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:16 am
    The Pats have a 2 decade dynasty avoiding guys like this, I don’t get the signing??
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    There’s a surprise

  15. Bennett has absolutely slowed down a bit, remember he didn’t start for Philadelphia and was a part of a 4 DE rotation system. I am not sure how New England handles their rotation but I do think that Long was able to stay productive because he was on the field less and remained fresh through the end of the game. Again not saying the Patriots won’t do the same thing now with Bennett, but that isn’t the typical contract for a rotation DE. Also it helps all three other guys on the defensive line with Cox is in the game, he can get to the backfield by pushing the interior of the line and that opens up 1 on 1 opportunities for the edge rushers.

    I think Bennett is a good defensive end who will help New England offset the loss of Flowers and a two year contract is in line with his age/expectations. In limiting his cap hit to two years and giving him more money by way of a signing bonus the Patriots created an upside/low risk situation. His signing bonus was only $4 million, which means only $2 million is pro-rated to 2020 . . . that is a relative small dead cap hit if this all blows up on them or Bennett proves to not be a $10 million per year D-lineman.

    Also the Pat’s window is over the next 2-4 years, even Tom Brady will have to give in to father time eventually . . . so they, more than any other team, should be in a win now mode!

  16. razzlejag says:
    April 2, 2019 at 9:27 am
    They have signed “troubled” players before- Albert Haynesworth, Randy Moss, Corey Dillon come to mind- and it’s worked out. They did have his brother, TE Martellus B., for a year and are familiar With Michael B. They won’t do anything stupid.
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    You mean stupid like giving a 33 year old penalty machine $16 million?

  17. Philly is in a cap hell carrying A LOT of pricey veterans. This is a classic case of one team knowing how to build and keep a dynasty and one lucky, one-hit wonder like Philly.

  18. superpatriotsfan says:
    April 2, 2019 at 10:35 am
    Genius Move! The 31 other teams shouldn’t bother showing up in the 2019 season. Patriots already won their 7th SB title.

    1 1 Rate This

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    Why would you pose as a Pats fan only to show you’re not? Strangest troll approach I’ve ever seen.

  19. I was thinking Bennett is more like Andre Carter when he finished his career with NE.

    A bit of Rodney Harrison from an age stand point. Rodney Harrison should be enshrined in Canton.

  20. any criticism of the team that has dominated Pro Football since 2001 and has had the track record of success that they have in the salary cap error is ridiculous. you are either on a fools errand, have a vendetta, are jealous or just trying to protect your image that your team is somehow better.thanks for the laughs though.

  21. superpatriotsfan says:
    April 2, 2019 at 10:35 am
    Genius Move! The 31 other teams shouldn’t bother showing up in the 2019 season. Patriots already won their 7th SB title.
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    O-B-S-E-S-S-I-O-N

  22. The pats must really think a lot of him to give him the raise. Doesn’t happen everyday that a 33 year old gets a renegotiation on his deal. As long as both parties are happy that’s cool. Oh any news on his court date? Last I heard it was postponed for like the 8th time no joke. I’m starting to believe they are trying to wait out this old women in an attempt to cloud her memory. There pretty lame.

  23. Don’t let this distract you from the fact that Michael Bennett lied about police brutality. Michael Bennett’s lies were shown on video, and he was not charged for fueling the anti-police movement, even though he did.

    We let slander go in this country too easily.

  24. Bennett is indeed crazy, but he’s a football scientist. He’ll go together just fine with Belichick. Just keep your conversations to football, okay you two?

  25. “The cheaters will regret this”

    Are the Colts on the Pats schedule this coming season? If they are Luck will certainly regret this signing by the Pats.

  26. This is the beauty of this country – everyone can have their own opinion. Some fans will say MB has lost a step, won’t play hard, is a malcontent, the Pats will regret this, etc and then there’s BB giving the guy a raise.

    I’m fairly confident in trusting BB over the envious jackals on this site on whether or not MB can help the Pats this season.

    You guys can continue to win the off-season, the Pats will see your team when it matters.

  27. cafetero1075 says:
    April 2, 2019 at 11:00 am
    I don’t get the move. They can draft someone.

    2 5 Rate This

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    Flowers left for enormous money. That’s all there is to get. Also, BB loves this guy and has wanted to work with him for years.

    They WILL draft a guy, likely someone to go with Pennel at DT, to replace Brown and Shelton.

    The dradt is deep at DT. I full expect a cornerstone DT type in the 1st or 2nd rd.

    Then again, we shouldn’t expect anything when it comes to BB.

    Bennett is a 4-3 DE but also masquerades as a NASCAR style DT as well in light packages in a passing league.

    This is all there is to get here. You’re welcome.

  28. BB has said for multiple years that Michael Bennett is one of the most disruptive players in the game right now outside of Donald. Every time Pats played the Seahawks (which hasn’t been a ton when Bennett was with Seattle) BB has recognized him saying he’s the key, and gushes over him. Focuses all the attention on him.

  29. tylawspick6 says:
    April 2, 2019 at 10:38 am
    superpatriotsfan says:
    April 2, 2019 at 10:35 am
    Genius Move! The 31 other teams shouldn’t bother showing up in the 2019 season. Patriots already won their 7th SB title.

    1 1 Rate This

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    Why would you pose as a Pats fan only to show you’re not? Strangest troll approach I’ve ever seen.

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    I believe it is some kind of disorder that came from his team taking repeated beatings year after year from the Patriots

  30. harrisonhits2 says:
    April 2, 2019 at 11:08 am
    “The cheaters will regret this”

    Are the Colts on the Pats schedule this coming season? If they are Luck will certainly regret this signing by the Pats
    +++++++++++
    If they do play, it will be a night game in Cheatboro where the Colts are coming off a tough Sunday or Monday night or a game which they just played on the West coast. And the Patriots will probably play a cupcake team before. Patriot fans dont understand the favortism they get with schedule.

  31. Michael Bennett plays his *$$ off – Dude loves to work. Belichick loves players like that.

    Great fit.

  32. Don’t get the genius BB on this one, Bennett? He is way removed from being a game changer, Mr Stand in the Locker Room, should be playing on a prove it deal. Nice sign and contract Pats…….NOT!

  33. vaphinfan says:
    April 2, 2019 at 11:30 am
    harrisonhits2 says:
    April 2, 2019 at 11:08 am
    “The cheaters will regret this”

    Are the Colts on the Pats schedule this coming season? If they are Luck will certainly regret this signing by the Pats
    +++++++++++
    If they do play, it will be a night game in Cheatboro where the Colts are coming off a tough Sunday or Monday night or a game which they just played on the West coast. And the Patriots will probably play a cupcake team before. Patriot fans dont understand the favortism they get with schedule.
    _________________

    Translation – I cry myself to sleep every night because the pats are a great football team. So playing the winners schedule year after year is favoritism by the NFL? Somebody needs to learn how NFL scheduling works.

  34. vaphinfan – were you alive in 1974? You know the year the last time the Dolphins won the Super Bowl?

  35. Bill has two words for the rest of the NFL in 2019… Multiple Fronts.

    I’ve got my popcorn ready. I’ll be ready. Will you?

  36. Good pickup for the Pats. Was Eagles best pass rusher last season. Gives 100% effort.

  37. ariani1985 says:
    April 2, 2019 at 12:51 pm
    Ahhhhhh the traditionally horrific AFC east…. talk about a cake walk
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    The good news is the Pats play the AFCN this season. You want to see a cakewalk look at Brady’s record vs that conference the past 19 years.

  38. ‘Fans’ that continually bait Pats fans about the weakness of the AFCE over the yrs and the scheduling favoritism must be doing it on purpose. I just refuse to believe people are that stupid. Especially with all the facts out there that even a 10 yr old can easily lookup.

  39. So Crates says:
    April 2, 2019 at 10:55 am
    Don’t let this distract you from the fact that Michael Bennett lied about police brutality. ….

    We let slander go in this country too easily.
    _________________________________________________

    Well, duh! The country elected a professional, bigly, yuge liar – with all the best words and really bad bone spurs.

    I say, if you ain’t slandering, you ain’t even tryin’! Truthing is for loser people and Tim Apple!

  40. I wish I could pretend to be a Pats fan and troll all their threads every day. But I’m not sure I could handle such a rich, rewarding life.

  41. superpatriotsfan says:
    April 2, 2019 at 3:09 pm
    As a Patriots fan, I know more about football than every other team’s fans

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    Based on the lame screen name and useless repetition, you can’t know much of anything. If you were at least witty in some way we might be amused.

    You and the pet are in a race to the bottom—and not just in the standings.

  42. Let’s just hope he doesn’t cost us a chance, like he did in SB49 when he jumped offside. It was mentioned then that he led his team in that stat. These “emotion” players are always half an inch from a foolish move.

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