The Philadelphia Eagles just got stronger on the defensive side of the field.
According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter, the Seattle Seahawks have traded defensive end Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles. In addition to Bennett, Seattle gave Philadelphia a seventh-round pick in exchange for wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick.
Here it goes: Seahawks are trading DE Michael Bennett and a seventh-round pick to Eagles for a fifth-round pick and WR Marcus Johnson, sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 7, 2018
The Eagles already had one of the best pass rushes in the NFL last season on their way to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history. The addition of Bennett alongside Fletcher Cox, Derek Barnett, and Brandon Graham makes them all the more formidable.
Bennett was second on the Seahawks with 8.5 sacks in 2017 and again led the team’s defensive linemen in playing time by a wide margin. But there were doubts about his future in Seattle, as he will turn 33 in November and dealt with knee injuries and a torn plantar fascia in his foot during the season.
Bennett played through a torn plantar fascia in his foot and multiple knee injuries throughout the season, and he was still productive. When healthy, Bennett is one of the most disruptive pass rushers in the NFL.
Bennett has been one of the most vocal voices in the NFL since Collin Kaperneck has been blacked balled out of the league. His voice and presence will be a perfect complement to those of Chris Long and Malcolm Butler. Bennett landed in the perfect situation. Bennett’s first tweet since being traded sums him up in a nut shell.
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— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) March 7, 2018