Michael Bennett is excited to be a Patriot, wouldn't say if brother Martellus would come out of retirement

Tim Hawk | nj.com

Michael Bennett is ready to embrace change.

The defensive end was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the New England Patriots late last week, and he recently spoke about it on Monday during an appearance at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium.

“I’m excited about it,” said Bennett.

“The Patriots are a team that people love to hate because they always win. The opportunity to learn from that and be in that environment is good.”

Bennett also mentioned that he’s looking forward to learning from head coach Bill Belichick.

“From a football perspective, there’s a respect for Belichick,” he said. “I consider him the Yoda of football when it comes to the ins and outs of what’s happening around how to prepare for a game.”

Now that the Patriots have acquired Michael, there were talks about his younger brother Martellus coming out of retirement to join him. But Michael would neither confirm or deny that his was happening.

“I’d love to play with my brother, but I don’t want to be the force that forces my brother to play because I’m playing on the team. I want him to play purely because he wants to play,” he said.

“The game is played a lot better when you truly want to play because you want to play. It’s important, if he decides to come back, that’s the first thing he should think about. As a brother, that’s my ultimate goal to see him happy, and whatever happiness looks for him, that’s what I wanted.”

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