Chiefs Acquire RB Michael Bennett


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Chiefs Acquire Pro Bowl RB Michael Bennett in Trade with New Orleans
Aug 02, 2006, 8:43:16 AM

Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Wednesday that the club had acquired RB Michael Bennett from New Orleans in exchange for a Chiefs undisclosed draft choice in 2007.

“We have been working on a potential trade for Michael Bennett for the last couple of months,” Peterson said. “As a former number one draft choice he brings quality and experience to the Chiefs and he is still a young running back. Michael has had a 1,000-yard rushing season and has been to a Pro Bowl. He will be utilized to back up Larry Johnson and be involved in our group of running backs as soon as he arrives in camp.”

Bennett (5-9, 207) signed as a free agent with New Orleans in March after appearing in 64 career games (49 starts) with Minnesota. He recorded 713 carries for 3,174 yards (4.5 avg.) with 12 touchdowns as a member of the Vikings. The sixth-year veteran also owns 126 career receptions for 1,040 yards (8.3 avg.) with five scores. The 27-year old originally entered the NFL as the Vikings first-round choice (27th overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft.

The former Pro Bowler saw duty in all 16 games a year ago (six starts), posting 126 rushes for 473 yards (3.8 avg.) with three touchdowns and 27 catches for 124 yards and two scores. Bennett enjoyed a career year in 2002, posting the second-best single-season rushing performance in Minnesota history. Bennett posted 255 carries for 1,296 yards (5.1 avg.) with five TDs, earning his initial Pro Bowl berth in the process. He ran for a career-high 167 yards on just 15 carries (11.1 avg.) with a TD vs. the N.Y. Giants (11/10/02) and compiled four straight 100-yard rushing games during the 2002 campaign.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native was a four-year letterman on the Badgers football team and an All-Big Ten sprinter at the University of Wisconsin. Bennett ran for 1,681 yards in his only season as a starter with the Badgers, ranking second in school history for single-season rushing yards. A track standout, he also won Big Ten indoor and outdoor titles in both the 60 and 200-meter events in 2000. Bennett was an all-state football selection and state record holder in the 100 and 200-meter events at Milwaukee Technical High School.
I think it's a pretty good acquisition for KC. If he can't suceed in KC, where will he?

Seems to me from the outside looking in that Priest Holmes is done, Larry Johnson is the obvious starter, but Bennett is one play away from being their starting HB. Not a bad move on their part IMO.
I think it's a good signing...especially if Priest is unable to come back :)
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