National Football League players react to Seahawks trading Michael Bennett to Eagles report

National Football League players react to Seahawks trading Michael Bennett to Eagles report

An NFL Network report, based on a series of tweets, surfaced that the Eagles, needing to trim salary to be compliant with the expected cap number, are discussing options on the future of defensive end Vinny Curry.

The Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were also in the running to acquire Bennett, ESPN says.

Seahawks acquired WR Marcus Johnson and a 2018 fifth-round pick from the Eagles in exchange for DL Michael Bennett and a 2018 seventh-round pick.

Richard Sherman reportedly told his teammates goodbye this week, although nothing has been made official. Even more exciting, Philadelphia really didn't have to give up that much to acquire Bennett, and despite how much of a headache he's appeared to be at times over the a year ago or so, this move was well worth the risk for Doug Pederson's squad. He had 8.5 sacks last season with the Seahawks, and appears to have plenty left in the tank.

Bennett's brother Martellus is now on the Patriots' roster, although he may be cut in the next week or so since he's due a roster bonus on March 14. "I want to play as long as I can", he said via

Bennett's departure signals a transition phase for the Seahawks defense, which has a new defensive coordinator in Ken Norton Jr. From 2013 until now, he's effectively anchored Seattle's defensive line, racking up 39 sacks over that time period. "I mean, whatever happens, I've loved being a Seahawk", Bennett told reporters on January 1. "You move forward and play for another organization if you get the opportunity". It also removes a key defender in Seattle's two most recent Super Bowl teams and a clubhouse standout. 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.

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