The NFL star has been indicted by a Harris County grand jury on a felony charge of injury of the elderly, and as a result has a warrant out for his arrest, according to KHOU.com.
The alleged incident took place after the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, with Bennett pushing a 66-year-old paraplegic NRG Stadium worker to get on the field as players were celebrating. Bennett’s brother, Martellus, was playing tight end for the Patriots in the game.
Bennett was told to use a different entrance for field access, but he instead pushed through security personnel, which included the 66-year-old woman.
The felony charge includes intentionally and knowingly causing bodily injury to a person aged 65 or older and carries with it a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
News of the indictment comes a little more than two weeks after Bennett was traded from the Seattle Seahawks to the Philadelphia Eagles along with a 2018 seventh-round pick, in exchange for wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a 2018 fifth-round selection.
In August of 2017, Bennett had another brush with the law when he was involved in an incident in Las Vegas which saw him detained outside of a nightclub after the Conor McGregor–Floyd Mayweather Jr fight.
Police were looking for an active shooter and detained Bennett, who accused police officers of racially profiling him. The Las Vegas Police Department denied Bennett’s claims after an internal investigation.
As the final big domino to fall in free agency, Ndamukong Suh has the potential to be a difference-maker for whichever team he chooses.
Each team can offer Suh something, but they have their cons as well.
Let’s take a look at Suh’s potential fit with the three teams.
Free agent DT Ndamukong Suh’s visit to the #Raiders is now off, sources tell me and @MikeSilver. He’s back home and not likely to make a decision today. The #Rams made a strong impression on him, but he’s also considering the #Saints & #Titans. Nothing done yet.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2018
Los Angeles Rams
It’s hard to argue against the idea that the Rams make the most sense for Suh on paper.
If he were to pair with fellow defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who is arguably the greatest defensive player in the league, the Rams’ interior pass rush would be practically unstoppable.
Add to that the additions of cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, alongside safeties Lamarcus Joyner and John Johnson, and the Rams could be a devastating force full of playmakers under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
Not only would Suh have the chance to contend for a Super Bowl, but he’d likely rack up plenty of stats with opposing offences having their hands full with Donald.
As far as building his value back up to where it was when he signed a six-year, $114.4 million contract with Miami in 2015, Los Angeles makes the most sense for Suh.
However, it would likely mean him leaving some money on the table in the short term due to the Rams’ current cap space situation, with them having around $28m left to spend and Donald’s mega contract extension looming.
#Rams source to me this am on @NdamukongSuh chances coming to LA: "The people here,"culture" we've established, LA itself, an opportunity to play nxt to another extremely dominant player, guys have excelled in Wade's system. We felt good after he canceled Oak. Now we sit & wait."— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 22, 2018
Offering Suh top-dollar should be of no concern for the Titans, however.
Even after the moves they’ve already made this offseason, Tennessee have around $38m left to play with in cap space. Plus, they have no state income tax, which may seem like a marginal benefit, but allows Suh to maximise his earning potential in the short-term.
And while there’s no Donald around to soak up attention and double-teams, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey is a great consolation prize.
The downside would be Suh switching from his natural position in a 4-3 defence to a 3-4 in Mike Vrabel’s scheme – as he would in Los Angeles too.
And while the Titans are a playoff team, they’re perhaps a step below the Rams and maybe even New Orleans, with the NFC teams in more stable positions compared to Tennessee who are transitioning to a new head coach.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints appear to be third on Suh’s list and may even be out of the running, but they have their own draws.
For one, they’re right there with the Rams as championship contenders, and seem to check off all the boxes for a team capable of winning the Super Bowl – an established coach, a star quarterback and an improving defence.
That defence is also tailor-made for Suh, with New Orleans running a 4-3 system that would allow him to slot into his usual spot and wreak havoc alongside defensive end Cameron Jordan.
But the Saints are strapped for cap space, having just a little more than $2m available at the moment. They can always reshuffle to create the required space, but even after pulling off some gymnastics, New Orleans probably won’t be able to give Suh the same money that Tennessee can.
Regardless of where Suh ends up, his situation will immediately be better than what it was in Miami, where he never seemed to fit in.
Part of that was Suh’s own doing, but a fresh start should make a significant difference.
As teams splash the cash in free agency this offseason, it’s worth keeping in mind that many NFL players won’t have long careers in which they can keep accumulating money.
The nature of contracts in the NFL, combined with the high turnover and relatively short athletic peaks of players, means earning potential can wildly fluctuate year to year.
The players that do go on to have long, lucrative careers are usually stars and household names – and often quarterbacks.
Here are the active players who have the highest career earnings at their position, according to Spotrac.com.
Quarterback: Eli Manning
If you were expecting Tom Brady or Drew Brees, they’re second and third on the list behind the New York Giants quarterback. The younger Manning brother has so far raked in $219,280,004 for his career, which is second only to brother Peyton ($248,732,000) all-time. Manning’s stats may not justify his bank account, but his two Super Bowl rings have made him worth every penny.
Running back: Adrian Peterson
It’s difficult to sustain a prolonged career as a running back, considering the short shelf-life for the position. But Adrian Peterson, who is arguably the greatest running back ever for a player at his peak, has managed to keep the paychecks coming in even now at the age of 33, having collected $98,208,319 in total.
Wide receiver: Larry Fitzgerald
There are only three wide receivers who’ve cracked nine figures for career earnings, with the Arizona Cardinals star topping Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson with $151,296,387. The 34-year-old will enter his 15th season this year, which could be his final one as retirement beckons.
Tight end: Jason Witten
The ageless wonder holds a slight edge over Tony Gonzalez with $72,753,000 banked so far. It seems like every year the Dallas Cowboys tight end catches at least 60 passes and provides the quarterback with a reliable safety valve. What’s truly remarkable is the 35-year-old has missed all of one game in his career.
Offensive lineman: Joe Thomas
Thomas isn’t technically an active player anymore, but because he just announced his retirement and is the all-time leader for offensive linemen with $122,850,000, we’ll count it. The Cleveland Browns will miss his consistent protection and blocking as they cope without the mainstay for the first time in a long time.
Defensive lineman: Julius Peppers
The defensive end is still collecting paychecks all these years later. It feels like a long time ago Peppers was one of the game’s premier pass rushers in his first stint with Carolina, but he’s still managed to carve out a long career after his prime and earn $159,973,786. Any retirement plans are on hold for another year.
Linebacker: Terrell Suggs
The Baltimore Ravens linebacker isn’t bowing out of the league just yet. And why should he? Suggs racked up 11.0 sacks last season and continues to strike fear in opposing quarterbacks as an effective pass rusher. With $101,210,000 already made, it’s likely money isn’t the main factor in him continuing to play at 35.
Cornerback: Darrelle Revis
It’s been a fast decline for the cornerback, who not that long ago was considered the best at his position and earning an annual salary of $17 million in 2016. But Revis’ future in the NFL is uncertain after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs last month. At least he has $124,211,129 to fall back on.
Safety: Eric Berry
Charles Woodson is the all-time top-earner for safeties, but Berry slides in behind him and ahead of Troy Polamalu with $71,850,300 collected over his career. Just last year, the Kansas City Chiefs playmaker inked a six-year, $78m deal, but ruptured his Achilles in the 2017 opener to miss the rest of the season.
Kicker: Sebastian Janikowski
No one would be surprised if the left-footed kicker called it a career at the age of 40, but he apparently isn’t retiring just yet. Regardless, he won’t be on the Oakland Raiders next season as he tries to find a new home. But his $51,270,137 career earnings should be more than enough to rest his head on at night.