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Seahawks reportedly trading Michael Bennett to Eagles

This architectural rendering provided by LA Stadium at Hollywood Park shows the south aerial perspective of the future home of the NFL's Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. The teams will begin selling season tickets Seahawks reportedly trading Michael Bennett to Eagles
Kristopher Love | 08 March, 2018, 00:00

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.

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.

Michael Bennett noticed on Twitter reports that the Seahawks may want to trade him to "quiet" things down in the locker room. Chris Long and Vinny Curry might be salary cap casualties, but Bennett would join a line that includes Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Timmy Jernigan and Fletcher Cox. It's also possible the Eagles could look to negotiate a lower yearly salary for Bennett after the season if they like what they see.

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.

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.

The Patriots now employ Bennett's brother, tight end Martellus Bennett, who is set to earn a $2 million roster bonus next Wednesday and could be released. "I mean, whatever happens, I've loved being a Seahawk", Bennett told reporters on January 1.

Jeffery was re-signed in December, after putting pen to paper on a one-year deal on the first day of free agency.

Johnson, 23, was an undrafted free agent out of Texas who played in 10 games with Philadelphia a year ago, catching five passes for 45 yards. It also removes a key defender in Seattle's two most recent Super Bowl teams and a clubhouse standout.