Eagles acquire DE Michael Bennett from Seattle

  • Eagles acquire DE Michael Bennett from Seattle

Eagles acquire DE Michael Bennett from Seattle

The Super Bowl champion Eagles still have moves to make to get under the salary cap before the new league year - and free agency period - opens in one week.

The Eagles acquisition of veteran pass rusher Michael Bennett Wednesday, in exchange for wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round draft pick, continue a winning strategy adopted last season by Vice President of football operations Howie Roseman. He had a respectable 2017 season - making his third straight Pro Bowl - with 8.5 sacks and 24 quarterback hits in 16 games, all while dealing with injuries. According to NFL.com, he's one of 12 NFL players with at least five sacks in the last six seasons. Bennett has also always been one of the most influential voices in the team's locker room, and the Seahawks are also thought to prefer to shift the defensive leadership to other players, such as middle linebacker Bobby Wagner.

It likely wasn't a surprise for Bennett, who knew his time in Seattle was coming to an end.

He could in the mix to replace WR Paul Richardson, an unrestricted free agent who may not re-sign with Seattle.

"I'll be fine", Bennett said then. I love Pete Carroll and John Schneider and you just move forward.

Trading Bennett clears around $2.2 million in 2018 cap space for the Seahawks, though he'll carry about $5.2 million in dead money charges.

He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M in 2009. From 2013 until now, he's effectively anchored Seattle's defensive line, racking up 39 sacks over that time period. Just seems like it's a young man's game. He was inactive for most of the second half the season because he didn't figure into special teams.

Bennett was a leader in the NFL's player protest movement, including sitting for the national anthem prior to most games.