The veteran defensive end notched nine sacks and two forced fumbles in 2018. The 31-year-old, who turns 32 on March 10, actually played a key role in the Patriots' Super Bowl LI victory over the Falcons. The 6-foot-4 Bennett also arrives to New England signed through the 2020 season.
The Patriots appear to be finalizing a deal to acquire Michael from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Bennett played five additional seasons in Seattle before spending one year with the Eagles.
"The Bennett brothers were going nuts trying to get it somehow so they could play together on the Patriots", NFL Network reported Ian Rapoport said at the time. Bennett is scheduled to make $7.2 million in 2019.
Bennett earned a raise and Philadelphia should have rewarded him. After being released by New England, the veteran tight end chose to retire in March 2018.More news: 'Hard Capture Is Complete': SpaceX Capsule Docks With International Space Station
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Michael's brother, Martellus, played for the Patriots in 2017.
The trade news comes after the Patriots opted not to place their franchise tag on free agent defensive end Trey Flowers. He has made comments that make it seem like he would prefer staying in New England.
Of course, this could mean very little in the grand scheme of things, as Bill Belichick has taken on a more hands-on approach with his defense in recent seasons, and that will likely remain the case with a first-year coordinator like Schiano in the picture. But at the same time, I know it' a business and you want to be able to make money whenever you get the opportunities to.