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Wednesday afternoon, the Eagles acquired Seahawks’ veteran pass rusher Michael Bennett via trade. The deal involved the Eagles to send their 2018 fifth-round draft pick and 23 year old wide receiver Marcus Johnson to the Seahawks in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round draft pick and defensive end Michael Bennett.
Throughout the week, rumors leaked that the Seahawks’ organization were looking to deal their 32 year old edge rusher to make their team a little “quieter”, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Tuesday.
The Eagles and the Seahawks worked behind the scenes and seemingly agreed on a deal until an unknown team, said to be the Patriots, jumped in with an even bigger offer that delayed the deal. Eventually, the Seahawks agreed to terms on the trade. This trade will be processed at the beginning of the new league year on March 14th.
The Eagles are obtaining a three time Pro Bowler with 54 career sacks in 90 starts. Bennett is one of the more versatile defensive lineman as he has experience lining up at both the edge and interior. Jim Schwartz and the Eagles’ defensive staff love to rotate their defensive line to keep fresh players on the field, and this move only adds more depth to the best front in football. Bennett is said to be a distraction in the locker room, but I truly do not see that being an issue with the Eagles’ organization. The culture within the locker room keeps everyone level headed and focused on the team rather than themselves, and that should be no different with Bennett. He also brings great playoff experience. In 10 playoff games, Bennett has 36 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles along with 6 QB hits and 31 hurries, according to Pro Football Focus.
What this trade shows is that Howie Roseman and the Eagles’ front office are aware of the “win now” window they are in. Rather than playing the free agency period passively, the Birds are treating it like any other year and staying aggressive. This does, however, mean that Vinny Curry’s time with the Eagles is most likely done. More on his status should appear later in the week.
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