One of the biggest needs on the New England Patriots roster is the interior of the defensive line: While the team has productive early-down players in Malcom Brown and Lawrence Guy, its current roster offers little in terms of pass rushing talent. In order to change that, the Patriots might opt to invest one of its early draft picks in a defensive tackle like Washington State's Hercules Mata'afa or Florida's Taven Bryan.
However, the Patriots could also opt to take a different approach and target more experienced players either via free agency – with former New York Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson a possible target – or the trade market. The latter is where Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Michael Bennett could soon find himself if recent reports turn out to be true that his team is trying to trade him to the highest bidder.
Multiple teams have reportedly already shown interest in acquiring the 32-year old. The Patriots have not been reported to be among them so far but a lot could change between now and March 18, when the Seahawks will have to pay Bennett a $3.0 million roster bonus. Over the next two weeks, New England could certainly emerge as one of the teams trying to add the veteran, who is coming off a Pro Bowl season.
Overall, Bennett appeared in all 16 of his team's games in 2017 and registered 8.5 sacks as well as a team-high 24 quarterback pressures. Despite his success, the Seahawks are seemingly open to part ways with the brother of current Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett – a move that would free up $2.2 million in salary cap space for a team that currently has around $18 million available.
Of course, acquiring Bennett would likely be costly – not in terms of cap impact, though, as the former undrafted free agent would hit the books with a relatively modest $5.65 million in 2018 as well as $7.0 and $8.5 million the two following seasons. However, the Seahawks are probably looking to add one or two day two selections during this year's draft (the team has a gap between rounds one and four).
Would the Patriots be willing to part ways with one of their two second round picks or maybe their third round selection? The question will be answered in the upcoming two weeks but there is no denying that Bennett would be a terrific addition to New England's defense. After all, he is a proven commodity against the pass and the run and as such would have a big impact along New England's defensive line.
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