Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Seahawks start purge, send Michael Bennett to Eagles

Seahawks start purge, send Michael Bennett to Eagles

Bennett was sent by the Seahawks along with a seventh-round pick to the reigning Super Bowl champions for wideout Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick. That number jumps to $6 million in 2019 and $7.5 million in 2020. Johnson's speed could also draw value on special teams, with Seattle maybe looking at him as the kind of impact player on the outside of coverage units that Ricardo Lockette was before his career ended in 2015.

After last season ended, head coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle that Chancellor and defensive end Cliff Avril would "have a hard time playing football again" due to their injuries. Curry is likely to be traded.

Bennett has three years remaining on his contract, and the Seahawks will save $2.2 million against the salary cap in 2018 with his departure.

Bennett, 32, is entering his tenth season in the NFL. In any event, Bennett represents a significant upgrade to the team's pass rush, although he's older than Curry. The Seahawks declined to use the franchise tag on Richardson, signaling they don't think he's worth the $14 million that it would have cost to do so, but Richardson could conceivably find a deal worth that much on average on the open market.

With the team recently bringing in former North Carolina Tar Heels coach Gunter Brewer to coach their wide receivers, it appears as though Hollins will have every opportunity to earn a starting spot outside in 2018 and replace Smith full-time. With a team that believes in faith, this should be home for Bennett.

I'll be surprised if they don't trade quarterback Nick Foles to pick up at least a second-rounder. How about recently extended Jason Peters? And what about Brent Celek?

Though I don't want to get too deep into speculation, it's abundantly clear that Roseman is going to have his hands full over the next few days as he repositions the Eagles for another playoff run. Perhaps part of that decision was the Seahawks felt their locker room, particularly their young defensive line room, needed a new leadership voice other than Bennett, who was one of the team's longest-tenured players. Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain, the Philadelphia Eagles offseason just got a whole lot more interesting.

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