Michael Bennett traded to Philly for a 5th round pick
The Seattle Seahawks reportedly just shipped off a cornerstone of their Super Bowl run by sending defensive lineman Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Hawks get a 5th round draft pick in return and a WR Marcus Johnson.
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
Bennett was instrumental in helping the Seahawks win a Super Bowl and make another one. The last 5 seasons, the Hawks relied on Bennett to get into the backfield as a disruptive force, he would accumulate a combined 39 sacks. The 32 year old made news last year with off the field activism and it is possible that his outspokenness may have caused waves. It is possible that Bennett had become a distraction.
The Seahawks still owe Bennett the bulk of his contract and will only save $2.2 million in cap space, so this trade was fueled more by moving on from Bennett rather than a strict football or business decision. Losing Bennett does not make the Seahawks a better team and the 5th round pick will curb the impact; however, if defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Sheldon Richardson end up leaving, that leaves precious little in terms of impact on the line.