How Michael Bennett trade to Eagles continues Howie Roseman's winning strategy

How Michael Bennett trade to Eagles continues Howie Roseman's winning strategy

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett reportedly has been traded to the Eagles. With Fletcher Cox, Timmy Jernigan, and Vinny Curry dominating the inside, while Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett invoke havoc from the edges, the Eagles could already make a case for the strongest front four in the entire NFL.

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 move can not become official until the new league year begins on March 14.

Why did the Eagles trade for Bennett?

When healthy, Bennett is one of the most disruptive pass rushers in the NFL. By trading him before he was owed a $3 million roster bonus on March 18, Seattle also will save $21 million in cash over the remaining three seasons of his extension that he signed in 2016.

Cornerback Ronald Darby was acquired for a third-round pick and Jordan Matthews last August just prior to Darby's third National Football League season.

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Bennett, 32, is a nine-year veteran and coming off his third straight Pro Bowl season in which he finished with 8.5 sacks and 35 tackles.

How much of reports of the Seahawks wanting theirs to be "quiet ... compared to over the last couple years" were valid, and whether that really was the motivation to trade Bennett, is in question.

Not only does this mean Bennett is officially headed to the defending champs. According to NFL.com, he's one of 12 NFL players with at least five sacks in the last six seasons.

He told me at the end of last season, on New Year's Eve, "I probably won't be back" with Seattle in 2018.

That used to never bother the Seahawks; again, it may not bother them now as much as Bennett's cap figure does. However, it looks like the Super Bowl champions have been keeping themselves busy as well when it comes to making trade moves, with Michael Bennett being the flawless example.

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