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The New England Patriots decided to not use their franchise tag on Trey Flowers and sent him straight to the open market.
They wasted little time replacing him when they traded for veteran pass rusher Michael Bennett in a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles that will give the Birds a 2020 fifth-rounder from the Patriots, in exchange for Bennett and a 2020 seventh-rounder.
A year ago, Martellus Bennett was released by the Patriots, and he announced his retirement a couple weeks later. After his brother got traded there, he seems to want to make a Jason Witten-like comeback.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Martellus is interested in coming out of retirement to play with his brother.
The soon-to-be 32-year-old was an NFL tight end for a decade, with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, Patriots and Packers.
Michael Bennett had nine sacks last year for the Eagles, rushing from inside and out.