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Michael Bennett | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (39) / 8/13/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 207
College: Wisconsin
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 1 (27) / MIN
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Former NFL RB Michael Bennett has been sentenced to five years in prison on felony charges of burglary and identity theft.
In 2015, Bennett fraudulently took out $225,000 worth of loans in the name of his girlfriend's parents. At the time, he was already on probation for a 2012 wire fraud incident in Florida. The former first-round pick must really be strapped for cash despite playing in the NFL for a decade. May 26 - 9:04 AM

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Former Raiders RB Michael Bennett has received a 15-month federal sentence for taking part in a Florida fraud scheme.

Bennett was arrested in May as part of an identity theft ring that conspired to file false tax returns. The group allegedly cashed about $500,000 in fraudulent tax refund checks. Former Raiders and New York Giants DT William Joseph and former Syracuse player Louis Gacheline also have pleaded guilty to related charges and are awaiting sentencing.
Sat, Oct 27, 2012 12:42:00 PM

Former Raiders and Chargers RB Michael Bennett has been arrested as part of a federal identity-theft probe.

Also arrested was former first-round bust DT William Joseph. The pair are alleged to have been part of a ring that conspired to steal people’s identities and file false tax returns in their names. A first-round pick in 2001, Bennett last appeared in the league in 2010, rushing twice for 11 yards for Oakland.
Tue, May 1, 2012 10:21:00 AM

Raiders released RB Michael Bennett.

The 33-year-old managed just 66 yards on 20 preseason carries, "good" for a 3.3 average. Though Bennett seemed to be an Al Davis favorite, there was no reason to keep him with Taiwan Jones emerging as a speedy reserve back.
Mon, Sep 5, 2011 03:32:00 PM

Raiders re-signed RB Michael Bennett to a one-year, $890,000 contract.

We don't see what the Raiders like about Bennett. The 33-year-old to be received just two carries in seven appearances last season, and dating back to 2006 is averaging 3.54 yards per attempt. It would probably be in Oakland's best interest to move on, but perhaps owner Al Davis envisions Bennett as insurance in the event he's unable to re-sign free agent Michael Bush.
Tue, Mar 8, 2011 12:16:00 PM

Raiders RB Michael Bennett suffered a hamstring injury in Week 4 and is out indefinitely.

The severity is unknown, but Bennett is one of the slowest healers in football. The 5-foot-9 32-year-old's injury, coupled with Darren McFadden's of the same variety, will likely force the Raiders to sign a running back this week. Longtime Tom Cable coaching staff favorite Justin Fargas is available.
Mon, Oct 4, 2010 05:40:00 PM

Raiders signed RB Michael Bennett to an undisclosed contract.

The Raiders wanted Bennett so badly that they cut JaMarcus Russell to open a roster spot. On a serious note, the 32-year-old veteran has averaged just 5.5 games and 15 attempts as a third running back the past two seasons. He may slot into Justin Fargas' roster spot, but he won't be handling a similar workload.
Thu, May 6, 2010 05:20:00 PM

The Raiders tried out free agent RB Michael Bennett on Friday.

He is participating in post-draft minicamp. Bennett fits the Raiders' profile as a former first-round pick with speed. Unfortunately, he lacks tackle breaking ability, isn't much of a pass receiver, and turns 32 this August.
Fri, Apr 30, 2010 06:12:00 PM

Chargers released RB Michael Bennett.

Bennett, turning 32 before the start of the season, was due $1.25M in 2010. No better than a third or fourth running back on most rosters, Bennett will struggle to draw interest in free agency. The Chargers will still target an early-down back in free agency or the draft.
Thu, Mar 4, 2010 04:33:00 PM

Michael Bennett rushed 11 times for 28 yards and added four receptions for 62 yards against the Redskins in Week 17.

It was Bennett, not Mike Tolbert, who benefited from the early exits of LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles. Bennett is signed through next season, which he'll begin at age 32.
Sun, Jan 3, 2010 08:56:00 PM

Chargers declared RB Michael Bennett, WR Buster Davis, QB Charlie Whitehurst, DB Dante Hughes, FS C.J. Spillman, OG Tyronne Green, C Nick Hardwick, and DE Vaughn Martin inactive for Week 11 at Denver.

The Chargers are as healthy as they've been all season, though Hardwick is likely out until December after experiencing a setback with his ankle last week.
Sun, Nov 22, 2009 03:18:00 PM

Chargers have declared RB Michael Bennett, C Nick Hardwick, S C.J. Spillman, G Tyronne Green, WR Buster Davis, DL Vaughn Martin, and LB Kevin Burnett inactive for their Week 7 matchup in Kansas City.

Hardwick is out until December after undergoing ankle surgery, and Burnett suffered a leg injury in the fourth quarter of last Monday night's loss. They are the only starters out.
Sun, Oct 25, 2009 12:04:00 PM

Michael Bennett rushed just four times for 19 yards and had three yards on two catches in the Chargers' Week 2 loss.

Darren Sproles was the every-down/feature back with LaDainian Tomlinson (foot) inactive, seeing 17 touches to Bennett's mostly unproductive six. Coach Norv Turner said after the game that, "We probably need to use Bennett more," but it's hard to get him in the game when the Bolts are going pass heavy and Sproles is so much more dangerous as a pass catcher.
Mon, Sep 21, 2009 04:24:00 PM

Michael Bennett is in line for some work Sunday with LaDainian Tomlinson (ankle) questionable for the game.

"We don't have to play him like we did a year ago when his toe was bothering him," coach Norv Turner said of Tomlinson. "That's why Michael is here." Sounds like Tomlinson won't be rushed back. LT2 is also nursing a bruised ego after Darren Sproles was the hero Monday night.
Wed, Sep 16, 2009 10:14:00 AM

Chargers have declared RB Michael Bennett, WR Craig Davis, FS C.J. Spillman, DL Jacques Cesaire, LB Jyles Tucker, SS Kevin Ellison, and DL Tyronne Greene inactive for Monday night's game against the Raiders.

Cesaire's calf injury wouldn't allow him to play tonight as he had hoped. Bennett is the team's third running back.
Mon, Sep 14, 2009 09:29:00 PM

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