New England Patriots agree to new deal with Michael Bennett
According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Patriots and Bennett have agreed to a new two-year contract worth $16.75 million with a $4 million signing bonus. In doing so, New England is creating $700,000 in cap space for 2019.
Bennett is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played all 16 games and registered 34 tackles, nine sacks, and a couple of forced fumbles.
The 33-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Texas A&M University, went undrafted but eventually landed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009.
He was a non-factor over the first two years of his career, but in his third season, Bennett began to show some promise, finishing with 39 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble, and a couple of fumble recoveries.
Bennett then broke out during his fourth year in the league, totaling 41 tackles, nine sacks, and three forced fumbles.
He then signed with the Seattle Seahawks, where he went on to enjoy the most productive stretch of his career, winning a Super Bowl with the team during his first season and making three straight Pro Bowl appearances as a member of the Seahawks between 2015 and 2017.
His best year came during the 2015 campaign, when he racked up 52 tackles, 10 sacks, and a pair of forced fumbles.
The Patriots won 11 games and captured the AFC East division title this past season, marking their 10th straight division crown. They then went on to win their sixth Super Bowl title.