Cowboys Defensive Captain DeMarcus Lawrence on Michael Bennett Trade: 'Tremendous!'

Mike Fisher

FRISCO - The Dallas Cowboys made headlines on Thursday with the a trade with New England, giving up a conditional seventh-round pick to add controversial Pro Bowler Michael Bennett to the D-line stable. And what does the leader of the Dallas D-line think of it?

“Oh man, I think it was an excellent move,'' Tank said when he was asked about the addition during his appearance Friday morning on "Good Morning Football'' on the NFL Network. "Just to have that type of energy and that type of player come to the team is tremendous. Ready for him," Tank said.

As a Cowboys' captain and a Pro Bowl end himself, Lawrence's voice matters here. And now Bennett will bring his voice to DFW as well - a voice that hasn't always sat well with his bosses. That may have been the case with the Patriots, too, as he followed up a suspension for speaking out by speaking out again.

“It’s America, you can voice your opinion about how you feel about certain situations,” Bennett told New England reporters this week when he returned (right before he departed). “That’s what I did.”

Lawrence, of course, can also be a vocal presence in the media and in the locker room here at The Star. But one source close to the situation indicated to me immediately after the deal that Dallas is prepared not only to add Bennett to a D-line rotation that features Lawrence and Robert Quinn - another traditionally opinionated athlete - but also to deal with Bennett's opinionated style.

"He loves football,'' I was told, "and he has opinions. He has a mind of his own and he speaks that mind.''

Tank, Quinn and Bennett, in that regard, all might get along just fine.

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