Patriots were in running for DE Michael Bennett before trade to Eagles
Mar 08 2018
Seahawks DE Michael Bennett reportedly has been traded to the Eagles. The NFL's concept of trade value is vastly different than it is in the National Basketball Association, but a fifth-round pick and receiver Marcus Johnson for Bennett and a seventh still felt like a steal for Philly.
While the trade can't officially happen until the new league year, the Seahawks have agreed to trade Bennett and a 2018 seventh-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for wide receiver Marcus Johnson and the Eagles' 2018 fifth-round pick.
Bennett figured his time was up earlier this year with the Seahawks likely looking to go younger after they went 9-7, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Last season he finished with 40 tackles, one pass defense and 8.5 sacks. Bennett signed a three-year contract extension at the end of the 2016 season worth $31.5 million. The Eagles, however, are roughly $10 million over the cap, meaning a handful of last year's Super Bowl winners will be forced off the roster.
"I'll be fine", Bennett said after the loss to Arizona.
Another Seattle Seahawks defender from their NFL Super Bowl championship team is gone after Michael Bennett used Twitter to confirm his move to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sherman, who has only ever played for the Seahawks since being drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 Draft, has since told ESPN nothing has been decided about his future.
The outspoken Bennett has been heavily involved in social activism and fits in nicely in Philadelphia's locker room with Long and safety Malcolm Jenkins, who are leaders in those areas.
Bennett registerd eight and a half sacks this season and has 54 for his career.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins is a co-leader of the Players Coalition, which joined in a partnership with the NFL that calls for the league to contribute $89 million over seven years to projects dealing with criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education.
The Seahawks could look to the draft, where they have the No. 18 pick, to find a replacement for Bennett.
Johnson would give Seattle another body at receiver if it is unable to retain WR Paul Richardson.