2. Michael Bennett, Defensive End
This next name might sound familiar, but that’s only because he finished the 2019 season on the Dallas Cowboys. During the year, Dallas traded a late-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for defensive end Michael Bennett.
There were some concerns considering he wasn’t in New England long and didn’t produce a lot for them — and would be bringing a big personality. But at that price, it was well worth the gamble.
And the gamble paid off. Bennett recorded 27 tackles and four sacks in nine games for the Cowboys while playing both defensive end and sliding inside to play tackle on passing downs. He was also one of the only players on the team that showed any emotion when they would lose, evidenced by him blowing up in the locker room after their Thanksgiving Day loss to the Buffalo Bills.
As good as the trade was for Dallas, they did decide to tweak Bennett’s contract which was odd. Instead of keeping him on the books for 2020, they allowed him to hit the open market. Perhaps they wanted flexibility for themselves but he wasn’t making much and is a player capable of starting. And now that they lost Robert Quinn, having Bennett back would be a huge plus.
So far, there has been no word on any suitors for Bennett. That could be good for Dallas as they would be smart to bring him back as a veteran presence that can still get after the quarterback.