"I'm still trying to get everything together", Bennett explained. It was reported Friday morning that he was set to be traded to New England. The fourth play was a run. New England will send a fifth round pick in the 2020 draft to acquire Bennett and a 2020 seventh round pick from Philadelphia. Bennett had already established himself as one of the league's best multi-gap pass-rushers, but this was above and beyond.
Whether the decision to move Bennett was the right one can be debated. He would've led the team in sacks if he was on New England's roster in 2018.
Pro Football Focus charted Bennett with 22 QB hits and 44 pressures.
Eagles trade DE Michael Bennett to New England for a 2020 fifth-round pick
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. Ansah's career has had plenty of ups-and-downs, as he has twice notched double-digit sacks - but those two seasons have been sandwiched by a year with two sacks and another with just four.
Flowers is expected to get $16-17 million per year with his next contract.
Could the New England Patriots unite another pair of brothers? Bennett had more help in the form of Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and Chris Long, but he still brought a ton of disruption. That's the core principle of a dynasty that is now pushing toward a 20-year run, and if the Patriots call with a trade offer the other 31 teams should automatically be questioning their own evaluation of that player.More news: R. Kelly Accusers Speak Out After 'CBS This Morning' Interview