Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Seahawks Trade Defensive End Michael Bennett To Eagles

Seahawks Trade Defensive End Michael Bennett To Eagles

The Seahawks have agreed to trade Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett to the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

The Eagles will also receive a seventh-round selection in the deal, which can not become official until the new league year opens March 14 at 4 p.m.

The 6-4, 274-pound Texas A&M grad started 16 games with Seattle last season, racking up 8.5 sacks and 40 tackles. The Eagles are approximately $10 million over the $177.2-million salary cap.

Bennett saw the writing on the wall, telling the News Tribune's Gregg Bell in December that he did not expect to return.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett reportedly has been traded to the Eagles.

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Bennett joins a deep front unit that includes Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Chris Long and Tim Jernigan.

Mere moments after ESPN first broke news of Bennett's trade to the Eagles, media members and fans alike took to Twitter to point out that Vinny Curry's days in Philly are likely numbered. Bennett, 32, battled a plantar fascia foot injury throughout 2017. By trading him before he was owed a $3 million roster bonus on March 18, Seattle also will save $21 million in cash over the remaining three seasons of his extension that he signed in 2016. "I mean, whatever happens, I've loved being a Seahawk", Bennett told reporters on January 1. He had just five receptions for 45 yards last season, but can provide Seattle with some insurance for fellow speedster Paul Richardson, who could leave in free agency.

Bennett has always been one of the most outspoken players on the team since arriving in 2013 and one of the most influential voices in the locker room.

The Seahawks will essentially be paying a $5.2 million dead-cap charge for a fifth-round pick and a one-time undrafted free agent with five career catches to his name.

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