Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Tuesday that the club traded RB Michael Bennett to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for undisclosed draft choices in 2008 and 2009 based on performance criteria.
“We appreciate Michael Bennett’s contributions to the Kansas City Chiefs during his short time with us,” Peterson commented. “Michael conducted himself as a professional as a member of the Chiefs and we wish him the best in this opportunity with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
Bennett (5-9, 207) originally joined Kansas City in a trade with New Orleans during training camp in 2006. In 17 games with the Chiefs, Bennett rushed for 252 yards on 56 carries (4.5 avg.) and added 19 catches for 124 yards (6.5 avg.). The seven-year NFL veteran has appeared in 81 career games (49 starts) with Minnesota and Kansas City, recording 769 carries for 3,174 yards (4.1 avg.) with 12 touchdowns. He also owns 145 career receptions for 1,164 yards (8.0 avg.) with five scores.
Bennett originally entered the NFL as the Vikings first-round choice (27th overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft. He enjoyed a career year in 2002, posting the second-best single-season rushing performance in Minnesota history with 1,296 yards rushing on 255 carries (5.1 avg.) and five TDs, earning his initial Pro Bowl berth in the process.
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.