Eagles acquire DE Michael Bennett from Seattle

Michael Bennett

The Seahawks basically gave Bennett to the Eagles, receiving a fifth-round pick and reserve wide receiver Marcus Johnson in exchange. This will allow the Eagles to look for a trade for Vinny Curry if they still wish to do so.

As so often happens in the National Football League, the package sent by the Eagles for Bennett seemed to not be equal value for the kind of player Bennett still is as a pass rusher. He had just five receptions for 45 yards last season, but can provide Seattle with some insurance for fellow speedster Paul Richardson, who could leave in free agency. Bennett's first tweet since being traded sums him up in a nut shell. It would not be surprising to see New England address the position early in the 2018 NFL Draft. While the team reportedly wanted to "quiet" the locker room, the trade doesn't provide much return value for a versatile defender who can rush the passer from anywhere along the defensive line while also using his quickness to be disruptive versus the run. Following his release that October, Bennett landed with the Buccaneers, where he played four seasons.

For his career, Bennett has 54 sacks, 210 tackles and eight forced fumbles in 293 games.

That news broke about an hour after Seahawks teammates began using their social-media account to react to what they inferred was three-time All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman saying goodbye.

With the Seahawks' defensive core aging, ailing from injuries, and coming up on contract years, the Seahawks may be headed toward a tear-down.

Bennett is ready to contribute, too. "I want to play as long as I can", he said via NFL.com. You love the organization and you love the players that you played with.

Where will the Seahawks turn next?

NC State's Bradley Chubb is expected to be selected in the top 10, leaving him out of the equation.

Of course, they could also sign a free agent at the position to fill their needs.

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