The Cowboys sent a seventh-round draft pick to New England in exchange for DE Michael Bennett on Thursday.
For the second season in a row, the Cowboys have made a trade during their bye week. Last year, they sent a first-round pick to Oakland for the great Amari Cooper.
While Michael Bennett may not have the immediate impact that Cooper had, he will still be a contributor on Dallas’ defensive line. Last season with the Eagles, Bennett racked up nine sacks and fifteen tackles for loss. Michael Bennett accounted for two and a half sacks and three tackle for loss in four games with the Patriots this season before being dealt with Dallas.
Michael Bennett joins an already solid defensive line in Dallas, featuring Demarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn. With Tyrone Crawford out for the season, Bennett will see a good amount of snaps alongside these two. Bennett hasn’t been Pro Bowl pass-rusher since his Seattle days but with the focus on Tank and Quinn, Michael Bennett could see some favorable 1v1 matchups. The pass rush has been good, not great for Dallas this year and adding another threat should help considerably.
For the second time in a couple of months, the Cowboys have traded a late-round pick for an experienced, proven pass rusher. Robert Quinn turned out to be an absolute steal.
Can we expect similar results from Michael Bennett? He has a relationship with Kris Richard from their time together in Seattle and will presumably play next week, after a full week of practice, against the Giants and their rookie quarterback and will be looking to get involved quickly.