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Free Agent Michael Bennett Announces Retirement After 11 NFL Seasons

Still a since his contract with the Cowboys expired in 2020, has opted for . A 3-time Pro Bowler and Champion with the , Bennett finished out his career in Dallas in 2019.

After losing to last October, the Cowboys sent a 2021 sixth-round pick to the to add Bennett. Like Crawford, Michael had the flexibility to play both and in Dallas' scheme.

Playing as a rotation piece in just nine games, Bennett contributed four in Dallas' disappointing 2019 campaign. Even at 34 years old he still flashed some of the play-making ability that had made him an NFL household name.

Bennett also immediately provided the Cowboys with another of Crawford's key traits; locker room . The outspoken veteran reportedly called out teammates during Dallas' struggles last year as the team went 8-8 and failed to make the .

Despite reports in March that Bennett wanted to continue playing this season, he remained unsigned as a free agent up until now. Given the current situation with , especially this week as players have made a large outcry about health and safety concerns, it appears Michael would rather not take any further risks.

While his brief stint in Dallas will not be what most remember about Bennett, he did prove he could still contribute on the field. If nothing else, that he and his brother Martellus both played for the Cowboys will likely be an answer to a trivia question someday.

Inside congratulates Michael Bennett on his retirement and the great career that led up to it, and wishes him all the best in the next chapter of life.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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