Why didn’t the Patriots just cut Michael Bennett?

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The Patriots don’t mess around with players who break the rules. They fire them. So why didn’t they fire Michael Bennett on Tuesday?

The short answer is they still could. The longer answer is that they likely don’t want him to end up playing for the Ravens, Texans, or Chiefs — teams that the Patriots will play over their final 10 games of the regular-season and teams they may see again in the postseason.

Before the trade deadline, any vested veteran who is cut instantly becomes a free agent. After the trade deadline, the player must pass through waivers. Thus, the worst teams would get dibs on Bennett, reducing the chance that he ends up with a contender the Patriots may encounter in January.

Then there’s the possibility of trading Bennett to a team in the NFC, or to a midlevel contender in the AFC about which the Patriots aren’t overly concerned. The Patriots could basically give him away for far less than he’s worth in order to get him out of the conference, like they did when they got only a second-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo in 2017.

Regardless, the Patriots do everything with a broader strategy in mind, and they surely didn’t want to make a player whom they were obsessed with containing in Super Bowl XLIX available to their top rivals in the chase for a spot in Super Bowl LIV. And even though Bennett has issued a statement apologizing for whatever it was that got him suspended for a week, there’s a chance that he or the team or both are ready to move on. For the Patriots, there are many reasons to wait two weeks before doing so.

53 responses to “Why didn’t the Patriots just cut Michael Bennett?

  1. They’re not gonna spit out a wad of gum until they get every last drop of juice sucked out of it.

  2. The obvious answer is because cutting him will make his cap hit even higher. He has a two year deal and his cap nimber will jump bexause of it. If the Pats want to make a trade for a player of need they need as much cap space as possible. It would make more sense to keep him inactive than cut him if they can’t trade him. Some team will give up a late pick for a player they control for 2 years.

  3. Aye, a veteran near the end of his career complaining that he’s dropping down the depth chart of the NFL’s best defense – the salty mountain of hate on these threads sees this as just the latest in a long line of absolute proofs since 2014 that the Dynasty is completely falling apart.

  4. Send him to the Bears they are in the NFC and need a defensive tackle after putting Hicks on IR. Just get a conditional draft pick and you let the rest of the players know you will not accept players worrying about individual stats.

  5. He maybe a head case but he has been productive.

    Not everyone embraces the Patriot way right away.

    Keep him and he will eventually get playing time. Look at all the injured players on offense.

  6. Remember Jamie Collins to Cleveland? The Pats trade the players they can. There is nothing impulsive in Belichick’s game, he isn’t wasting an asset and eating a cap hit to make a point his team doesn’t need to have made.

  7. Because they want him to help them win a championship. This wasn’t as big a deal as people want to make it seem. He screwed up. He’ll pay the price. And everyone will move on.

    First of all if Bennett wanted out of town he wouldn’t have issued the apology. He would have complained and moaned and shot his way out of town. The Pats would have let him be a distraction. But he didn’t and the Pats aren’t going to cut of their nose to spite their face.

    Bennett has a skill set the Pats don’t have on their DL. He can still be OT’s one on one and be an impact pass rusher. Over the next week they will sit down and hash it out like men, and he’ll be ready to play against Cleveland. They aren’t going to cut him. They aren’t going to trade him.

  8. Love it! Stick the malcontent on the Redskins or Cardinals. Signing this clown was such a mistake but now hopefully Bennet ends up playing for a perennial loser. Maybe he’ll realize it’s entirely due to his conduct. Then again, he probably won’t.

  9. Belechick, just like Al Davis.Dont care about your personal life,we’re paying you to do a job. You step across the line,you pay.10 dollars gets you 20,Bennett will get his act together, because he wants to win.Who in their right mind would have signed Antonio Brown but Belechick.This is why he constantly wins,play ball we’re paying you to do your job.Not a Patriot fan,but I admit I love watching them play.Not interested in image,only winning. That’s all that counts.

  10. ariani1985 says:
    October 15, 2019 at 6:55 pm
    Pull the trigger Ted Thompson

    ++++++++++++

    Nah, he’s more Viking material. They love their divas and has beens in Minnesota.

    I’m sure Spielman would probably make him the highest paid DE in the game too.

  11. They obviously didn’t cut him because they wanted to keep a good player. They just wanted him to know this isn’t Kansas anymore. He plays for the Patriots. Not the steelers. They would have some dead money, but would also save 2.5 against the cap by cuttimg him. Toe the line

  12. I didn’t want him on the Patriots to begin with. He has proven himself to be a liar and a phony, just look into the Las Vegas episode.

    I would like to think of the Patriots as above hiring a-holes. Why all of a sudden Belichick needs A Brown and M Bennett is beyond me.

    Win without the dregs, Coach Belichick.

  13. wib22 says:
    October 15, 2019 at 7:59 pm
    Another Belichick trade heist, see Kyle Van Noy
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    Fixed it for ya

  14. wib22 says:
    October 15, 2019 at 7:59 pm
    Another Belichick trade bust, see Chandler Jones

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    Yes, horrible. 2 rings later and thuney at LG (one off the best in the nfl), walking from trey flowers and 15 mil per saved up against the cap, just a total bust with the #1 d in the league off of 3 points allowed in a super bowl.

    Just horrible management and busts everywhere. lol

  15. Yes, horrible. 2 rings later and thuney at LG (one off the best in the nfl), walking from trey flowers and 15 mil per saved up against the cap, just a total bust with the #1 d in the league off of 3 points allowed in a super bowl.

    Just horrible management and busts everywhere. lol

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    Would’ve had 3 rings if not for A lack of defense in SB52.

    Gilmore is nice, but any CB makes that play vs Cooks.

  16. I think Bill really likes his skill set. He offered a 3rd for him originally when he was traded away from Seattle. I just think he wasnt aware how much talent he had for DE/DT. So he is keeping him for depth. Belichick will usually admit a sunk cost if the player is not performing well and is benched. Bennett isnt not performing well, he is just surrounded by players that are performing better. I do think he doesnt want to help out other teams, but I think he wants to keep the depth. Bennett is definitely on a short leash, but I think players who are playing well have a leash instead of than players who arent performing. Belichick put up with Ocho Cinco simply for depth,He kept Adalius Thomas until the offseason. On the flip side he kept Haynesworth until he started mailing it in. He held Moss until he started mail it in. Both were sent packing during the year.

  17. I think this is because Bennett had a frustrating rxplision. Hes a puzzle piece and he’s not used to it. He can contribute but he’s not the only guy he can. Just a lack of playing time and I understand it and I hope Bennett does too.
    #GETARING

  18. It is because Bennett had a frustrating explosion. Hes now a puzzle piece and he’s not used to it. He can contribute but he’s not the only guy who can. Just a lack of playing time and I understand it and I hope Bennett does too.
    #GETARING

  19. They didn’t cut him because they got him for depth, and the fact that he will roll over to a compensatory pick for them next year. The Pats did this with Trey Flowers last year, and they always do this. It’s better to keep him for the depth, and get that free pick.

  20. vested veteran who was on week1 roster means his salary is guaranteed even if they fire him. plus they extended him w/a signing bonus, so next year’s portion of that bonus would roll into this year if they cut him.

    historically great defense without him playing much at all, you’d think he’d notice that and do more of what they’re asking from him.

  21. They gave up what amounts to a 6th rnd pk for Bennett. They still have 3 6th rnd pks in 2020. Hardly a disaster, even if they cut him. They’d have some dead money, but save 2.5 mil on the cap to pay someone else. He’s an extra piece.

  22. shawaii22 says:
    October 15, 2019 at 6:53 pm”
    Send him home.. I mean back to the Seahawks. They have ZERO pass rush right now“

    But but but they have Clowney! Remember how stupid the Texans were to let him go? We ain’t missing him!

  23. Trade makes sense……I’m sure they are exploring that as a possibility. I agree that they will likely cut him once the deadline passes on the 29th. That isn’t as good an option as him being traded fo value.

  24. wib22 says:
    October 15, 2019 at 8:12 pm
    Yes, horrible. 2 rings later and thuney at LG (one off the best in the nfl), walking from trey flowers and 15 mil per saved up against the cap, just a total bust with the #1 d in the league off of 3 points allowed in a super bowl.

    Just horrible management and busts everywhere. lol

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    Would’ve had 3 rings if not for A lack of defense in SB52.

    Gilmore is nice, but any CB makes that play vs Cooks.

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    So you are suggesting McCourty could have made that play too?

  25. It never ceases to amaze me that question Belichick’s roster moves. Sure, they don’t always pan out but the guy wins and never stops preparing and tinkering with the roster.

    The idea that Belichick didn’t cut him to keep him away from other AFC teams is far fetched. If he’s on the roster it is because Bill believes he can help the team win games. If Belichick didn’t believe that he would already have been moved.

    Bennett’s statement indicates he realizes it would be foolish for him to force an exit strategy. He likely will be a key contributor in the stretch drive and in the playoffs.

  26. From the rumours doing the rounds, he was frustrated at his lack of playing time and him being him said so, no in a disrespectful way or anything, just that he wanted more playing time.

    While BB was forced to do something( suspension ), I don’t quite think its grounds for trade/cut.

    As many here have said though, he is still plenty productive, from reports in Seattle he was always a good team mate, and backed them to the extreme but his issue is he has no filter. You ask him a question, you get an answer, you may not like it but its honest.

    I would want him playing on my team at any rate.

  27. Go Ahead Bill, cut him, The Eagles will take him back, he fit in well, worked hard and produced. It’s always sunny in Philadelphia.

  28. IF he goes anywhere, it will be to an NFC team like the Bears or GreenBay or Rams…,possibly even the Giants….

  29. Bennett can still rush the passer. The Pats are playing 3-4/3-3/2-4 fronts where the DL are tasked with tying up bodies for the linebackers, than actually getting into the backfield themselves, which has limited his usage because he’s not that kind of player.

    The Pats know there will come a time when they face real QBs and can’t blitz as much. They’re going to do their best to smooth things over.

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