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- Saints Trade RB Bennett to Chiefs

Chris Pokorny August 2, 2006
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The Chiefs have a solid running game, led by running back Larry Johnson. Heading into training camp, it seemed as if the backup job would belong to either Priest Holmes or Dee Brown. Now, neither of them may have a chance. The Chiefs acquired running back Michael Bennett from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick in the 2007 draft.

The Saints don't need Bennett, since they already have Reggie Bush and Deuce McAllister in the backfield. Bennett didn't even have a chance to play a snap with the Saints, as he has been with the Minnesota Vikings the past few seasons. Last year, Bennett rushed for 473 yards. Hs best season was in 2002, when he rushed for 1,296 yards.

"We have been working on a potential trade for Michael Bennett for the last couple of months," said Chiefs president Carl Peterson. "As a former number one draft choice he brings quality and experience to the Chiefs and he is still a young running back. Michael has had a 1,000-yard rushing season and has been to a Pro Bowl. He will be utilized to back up Larry Johnson and be involved in our group of running backs as soon as he arrives in camp."

The Saints originally signed Bennett because they thought they had no chance to select Bush in the draft.

"Michael is a talented running back in the prime of his career who deserves an opportunity to play," said Saints general manager Mickey Loomis. "We became overstocked at the position, and trading Michael to the Chiefs was a deal that was good for us and good for him. It was basically a win-win for everyone involved."

Holmes is currently on the physically unable to perform list for the Chiefs. Brown could still win the backup job, but Bennett is being brought in for a reason. However, the Chiefs have not completely ruled out Holmes returning yet.

"This is not an indication that Priest is not coming back," said Peterson.


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