FRISCO - When the Dallas Cowboys began last week's process of trading for defensive lineman Michael Bennett, they privately had concerns about their history with his brother Martellus - a former Cowboys who was vocally unhappy with his time here.
And Marty B himself agrees.
"I thought it would be a good place (for Michael) to play, because really, it’s about playing a 4-3 defense for him,'' Martellus tells 105.3 The Fan's "Shan & RJ'' show. “I told him there’s no place like playing for the Cowboys fans, that stadium, and the organization is top-class.''
The Cowboys selected Marty B in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft and while the product of Texas A&M (as is Michael) had his moments, they mostly came after leaving Dallas, where he clashed with fellow tight end Jason Witten and with coach Jason Garrett.
“I didn’t like playing for Jason and I told him why, and he kind of understood that" said Martellus, adding that he likes Garrett personally. "I was young at that time, too. It would probably be different if I was an older player.”
Michael is about to turn 34, so he qualifies there. He also has the endorsement of Bill Belichick, despite the Patriots' decision to trade him away for a late-round pick. (Cowboys players are also onboard.) And he's about to help Dallas not only as an en, but as a 3-Tech defensive tackle, too.
"That’s what makes him special,'' Marty said of Michael. "His best thing is he gets disruptive plays. He may not make a tackle, but he blows up the play."