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Report: Cowboys trading with New England Patriots for defensive end Michael Bennett

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The Cowboys are getting active before the trade deadline.

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A year ago the Dallas Cowboys made a huge move at the NFL’s trade deadline when they acquired wide receiver Amari Cooper. Naturally, this left many wondering if they’d do anything like that again this year.

While the Cowboys aren’t necessarily swinging for the fences they are indeed staying active. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cowboys are trading for New England Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett.

Dallas is down a defensive end since they put Tyrone Crawford on injured reserve. Bennett is certainly capable of being that type of player, he’s had quite the career to date.

Of course, things haven’t been so rosy with Bennett as of late as he was suspended by the Patriots for conduct detrimental to the team just nine days ago.

Bennett claimed the issue was a “philosophical difference” that he had with the team, you know what they say about the “Patriot Way.”

“On Friday, I had a philosophical disagreement with my position coach that has led to my suspension,” Bennett told ESPN. “I apologize to my teammates for any distraction this may have caused.”

Bennett’s playtime percentage has reduced in each of New England’s six games this season. He saw 37 defensive snaps against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opener, and just 11 last Thursday night against the New York Giants.

Michael Bennett hasn’t played since that day, the last full season he played came last year with the Philadelphia Eagles. It was his first season away from the Seattle Seahawks where he had the majority of his success in the NFL, obviously Kris Richard knows him from their time there together.

Of course, Bennett isn’t the first member from his family to play for the Dallas Cowboys. The team drafted his brother back in 2008. At one point in time they both played for the Patriots and now they’ll have both played for the Cowboys.