By Peter Gleason

Michael Bennett, who turns 35 on Nov. 13, was traded from the New England Patriots to the Dallas Cowboys last season in exchange for what eventually became a sixth-round pick in 2021. He finished the season with 6.5 sacks and 32 tackles.

He was a vital member of the Eagles 2018 Super Bowl defensive line, had played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009 to 2012), Seattle Seahawks (2013 to 2017) and finished his career with 359 tackles and 10 forced fumbles.

Bennett was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his last three seasons with Seattle and was a member of Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII championship team.

“Retiring feels a little like death of self, but I’m looking forward to the rebirth — the opportunity to reimagine my purpose,” Bennett posted on Instagram. “I would like to thank my wife and children, who have sacrificed so much for me to succeed. I’m looking forward to supporting them the same way they have me these past 11 years. I have never been more at peace in my life.

“As the great Toni Morrison said: “Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”

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