In the lead-up to Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks, I asked then-New England offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo about the problems presented to his offense by then-Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection is scheduled to earn a base salary of $6.2 million in the 2019 season with a $1 million roster bonus.
Patriots fans should definitely be familiar with Bennett.
Last season was another great year for Bennett. even at age 33 he doesn't appear to be slowing down. "I actually want a pay raise at this point", Bennett said.
"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. "So just to know that whatever team I go to, I want to be paid more than I'm getting paid right now".
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Michael's brother, Martellus, played for the Patriots in 2017.
Ansah's issues has been staying healthy, as he played in just seven games last season.
The problem, of course, is that Schiano is New England's new defensive coordinator.
Bennett's arrival shouldn't automatically close the door on Flowers' return - it's more likely to affect Adrian Clayborn's return for a second season - as it's a trade the Patriots would have made regardless of Flowers' free-agent status.
Well, that could hold some weight (especially if Bennett gets that raise he wants), but have we considered that maybe Bennett is here to replace Adrian Clayborn?