The move comes just four days away from the NFL Trade Deadline, as the 34-year-old was recently suspended by the Patriots for conduct detrimental to the team. The suspension stems from an incident between him and defensive line coach Bret Bilema, which reportedly occurred in front of other players. Bennett has always been known as an outgoing, controversial figure, as seen from his days with the Seattle Seahawks. In his final game with Seattle, Bennett was seen flipping off his own coach, Pete Carroll, while getting carted off the field with an injury.
Despite the controversy that surrounds him, he is still a three-time Pro Bowler, with 65.5 career sacks and 13 forced fumbles over 147 games. He recently had his playing time cut in New England, including him playing just 11 of the team's 50 defensive snaps against the New York Giants in Week 6. Patriots coach Bill Belichick did confirm that Bennett did not request a trade, but he did have five tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one pass defended in six games with them. He will now join another franchise in the spotlight week in and week out, exactly where he likes it, but exactly where more drama could potentially be created.