The Kansas City Chiefs, possibly facing a surplus of running backs, traded RB Michael Bennett to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday night, according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. What the Chiefs received in return is not clear as of this posting, but Bennett said that he was informed of the trade by both teams.
During training camp when starter Larry Johnson was holding out, Bennett was the incumbent; however, once Johnson signed the contract extension, that made Bennett for all intents and purposes expendable. Not to mention that unheralded RB Kolby Smith was gradually seeing more action in support of Johnson during the regular season. Ironically, RB Priest Holmes was eligible to come off of the “non-football injury” list after Week 6, so that’s yet another factor that probably facilitated the Bennett transaction.
Bennett had mixed emotions regarding departing the Chiefs, telling the Star, “I’m sure I’ll get to play down in Tampa, but I’m kind of sorry to leave the Chiefs. I felt this was a great place. I got to be like a big brother to a lot of the other players. I’ve spent all night talking to guys on the team and saying good-bye.”