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One week after suspension, Patriots trade Michael Bennett to Cowboys

NFL: Preseason-New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Well that didn’t take long.

If last week’s suspension for detrimental conduct was the writing on the wall for former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, then Thursday’s trade confirmed that his days in Foxborough are over.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the New England Patriots have shipped Bennett to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2021 7th-round pick that could become a 6th-rounder.

Bennett’s snap count tanked after opening day against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had 37 snaps in Week 1, then just 11 against the New York Giants two weeks ago. An apparent tiff between him and Patriots defensive line coach Bret Bielema led to a one-game suspension.

This will be Bennett’s third team in less than two seasons since he was dealt by the Seahawks in the 2018 offseason. He racked up nine sacks with the Philadelphia Eagles last year before Philly sent him to New England for a 2020 7th-round pick. Bennett did record 2.5 sacks in limited playing time with the Patriots, but now he gets to be reunited in Dallas with former Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard, who’s Dallas’ passing game coordinator.