Seahawks trade Michael Bennett to Eagles as Sherman's future unclear

Seahawks trade Michael Bennett to Eagles as Sherman's future unclear

Javier Howell
March 8, 2018

The Philadelphia Eagles bolstered their already-fearsome defensive line Wednesday, reportedly agreeing to terms on a trade that will send Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett to Philly.

Reports of the Bennett trade came out shortly after reports that Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said goodbye to his teammates and that he will not be on the team.

The Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were all in the mix to acquire Bennett, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Eagles defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith have also been among the most socially active players in the league. Likewise, defensive end Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor's football futures are in doubt because of neck injuries both players sustained in 2017. Bennett has three years and $18 million remaining on his deal, but even still that's not a huge cap blow to take on.

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Bennett's departure signals a transition phase for the Seahawks defense, which has a new defensive coordinator in Ken Norton Jr. The draw for Seattle was the fifth-rounder.

Bennett played through a torn plantar-fascia in his foot and a swollen knee, on top of a grotesquely bent toe that's bothered him for years. ". You love the organization. You move forward and play for another organization if you get the opportunity". I've won a lot of games. I love [coach] Pete Carroll and [general manager] John Schneider, and we just move forward.

Bennett, a standout at Texas A&M from 2005 to 2008, has been in the league for 10 seasons. In the last five years, the Seahawks made the playoffs four times and appeared in the Super Bowl twice, including a win in 2013 season.

Another Seahawks defender from their Super Bowl championship team is apparently gone.