On Wednesday, The Eagles Acquired Defensive End Michael Bennett
On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Eagles made a splash move. The Eagles acquired defensive end Michael Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for receiver Marcus Johnson and a 5th round pick. Along with Bennett, the Eagles will receive a 2018 7th round pick.
The move comes as a big surprise but one that makes sense for the Eagles. With Vinny Curry expected to become a free agent, Bennett can come in and be an instant contributor.
What Bennett Brings To Philadelphia
Bennett has spent the last five seasons in Seattle and has been one of the anchors of their defense. In four of the five seasons with the Seahawks, Bennett had at least seven sacks. He has 54 career sacks. In 2015, he had a career-high 10 sacks. Bennett has the versatility to play inside and outside. He was part of a historic Seattle Defense that won the super bowl in 2014. With Bennett now here, the Eagles rotation now features Chris Long, Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Tim Jernigan, Derek Barnett, Michael Bennett.
.@Eagles @mosesbread72 is really a 🦅🦅🦅 This guy can line up anywhere and affect a play; and durable. Welcome to Philadelphia Michael : home of the World Champion E A G L E S. #BaldyBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/eOHjPE6R45
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) March 7, 2018
The Biggest knock on Bennett has been his off-field issues. Most noteworthy back in 2017 following the Mayweather-McGregor fight. Bennett was arrested. While there are differing opinions on what happened that night, Bennett has remained true to himself. While Bennett is known for being one of the more outspoken players in the league, he will be joining a very strong locker room. Despite some off-field issues, Bennett’s talent on the field is undeniable.
What This Means
In 2016, Bennett signed a three year, $30 million dollar deal. Marcus Johnson is off to Seattle, where he will compete for a roster spot Johnson is just 24 years old and ran a 4.37 forty at the 2015 NFL Combine. Last season, Johnson caught five catches for 45 yards across ten games. With Bennett in town, the Eagles’defensive line will look to remain as one of the top units in the league. PFF has ranked Bennett as one of the top linemen over the last seven seasons.
Could this be the end of Vinny Curry and/or Beau Allen tenures in the City of Brotherly Love?
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