Patriots Suspend DL Michael Bennett One Week For Conduct Detrimental To Team


Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Patriots have suspended veteran DL Michael Bennett for conduct detrimental to the team. 

Nick Underhill adds that Bennett let the coaching staff know he was not pleased with his role.

Bennett issued the following statement to Jordan Schultz regarding the matter:

“On Friday, I had a philosophical disagreement with my position coach that has led to my suspension. I apologize to my teammates for any distraction this may have caused.

Bennett, 33, began his NFL career with the Buccaneers and spent four years in Tampa Bay before signing on with the Seahawks as a free agent back in 2013. Seattle signed him to a new four-year, $39 million contract before trading him to the Eagles last year. 

After a year in Philadelphia, the Eagles traded Bennett to the Patriots this offseason for a 2020 fifth-round pick.

Bennett signed a two-year, $16.75 million deal with the Patriots that included a $4 million signing bonus. He stands to make base salaries of $3 million and $7 million over the next two years.

In 2019, Bennett has appeared in six games for the Patriots and recorded five tackles and 2.5 sacks.

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