NFL Rumors: Patriots Give Michael Bennett Desired Raise By Reworking Contract

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April 2, 2019

?I actually want a pay raise at this point, and so whatever happens, just to know that whatever team I go to, I want to get paid more than I get paid right now.?

That’s what Michael Bennett said on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” shortly before the Philadelphia Eagles traded him to the New England Patriots last month.

The Patriots on Tuesday gave the veteran defensive end said pay raise, according to a report from ESPN’s Field Yates. New England did so by restructuring the three-year, $30.5 million contract Bennett signed with the Eagles in 2018.

Yates has the details:

In addition to the $4 million guaranteed, Bennett’s new deal also boosts his overall bottom line. The 33-year-old was set to earn $13.7 million in base salary over the next two seasons under his previous terms, plus up to an additional $2 million in roster bonuses.

The $700,000 in salary cap space also gives the Patriots some additional wiggle room as they continue to construct their 2019 roster. Reinforcements still are needed at both tight end and wide receiver, and the team currently does not have a kicker under contract.

With Trey Flowers opting to sign with the Detroit Lions in free agency, Bennett enters spring workouts as the Patriots’ unquestioned No. 1 defensive end. The former Seattle Seahawks star put up strong pass rush numbers in his lone season in Philly, finishing with nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss and 30 quarterback hits.

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