A New England Patriots veteran is rumored to be on the trade block heading into Week 7 of the 2019 NFL regular season. A trade would make some sense for the AFC contenders.
The Patriots suspended veteran defensive lineman Michael Bennett on Tuesday for “conduct detrimental to the team,” according to a report by ESPN.
“On Friday, I had a philosophical disagreement with my position coach that has led to my suspension,” Bennett told ESPN. “I apologize to my teammates for any distraction this may have caused.”
Bennett, 33, was a major offseason acquisition for New England, which traded a fifth-round draft pick to Philadelphia for the defensive lineman and a seventh-round pick.
Could Bennett now be on the trading block? Reports seem to indicate it’s a possibility.
ProFootballTalk speculated that the Patriots didn’t just cut Bennett because they didn’t want him signing with another contender. Thus, they could hold onto him and trade him to a destination of their choice:
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.
One trade idea that’s being floated: Michael Bennett for Danny Amendola. The Patriots could use some wide receivers help, though that might not be the best return for Bennett, who’s still a productive defensive lineman.
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The NFL’s trade deadline is still a couple of weeks away, set for 4 p.m. E.T. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, so this likely won’t be the last we hear of a potential trade.