Cowboys DE Michael Bennett could retire after this season
When Michael Bennett was traded to the Dallas Cowboys, the team reworked his contract to make him an unrestricted free agent. While there may be teams who are interested in him, Bennett says that a potential retirement is definitely an option after this season.
“I don’t know. This could be my last year in the NFL,” Bennett said, via Jon Machota of TheAthletic.com. “I could be thinking about what’s the best thing for my family, what’s the best thing health-wise and my future. Just take it one game at a time, one year at a time.”
Bennett has had quite a career that has seen him play for five different teams in the NFL. Most recently, he has spent the past few weeks with the Cowboys.
Before the season began, the veteran defensive end was traded to the New England Patriots from the Philadelphia Eagles. After spending nearly two months with the Patriots, he became unhappy with his role with the team.
Therefore, he requested a trade and New England fulfilled his request and sent him to Dallas. The versatile pass rusher doesn’t believe it will be hard to get acclimated in the Cowboys’ defense due to being in New England’s complex defense.
“It’s all the same really when it comes down to it,” Bennett said. “The scheme is very familiar to something I’m used to. I just came from the place [New England] with the most defenses in the league, so any other defense is pretty much easy to learn.”
In just two games with the Cowboys, Bennett has definitely made his presence felt on the defense, totaling one sack, six hits on the quarterback, and two tackles for loss.
However, at 33-years-old, Bennett realizes that his career could be nearing an end. Of course, that could be subject to change when the 2019 season concludes.
Over his 11-year career, Bennett has combined for 66.5 sacks, 13 forced fumbles, and 188 hits on the quarterback. Above all, he will always have a Super Bowl ring to prove that he had a memorable career.