The Philadelphia Eagles found a way to send Michael Bennett to New England, and are now finalizing the deal to trade him. The news was first reported by Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
What are the Eagles getting for Michael Bennett?
“An #Eagles trade of DE Michael Bennett to the Patriots is going down as of this writing, NFL sources said. Draft picks still be ironed out,” McLane tweeted.
The Patriots gave up on a third-round pick for Bennett
last offseason, but the Seattle Seahawks had success in trading him to the
Eagles for Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick.
McLane also reported that Philadelphia will get a 2020 fifth-round pick for the player, and will also send a 2020 seventh-round pick along with him.
This helps the Eagles save $7.2 million in cap space.
“I don’t know what’s happening with the Eagles,” Bennett said on
Good Morning Football Friday. “You always want to be with the team that you
play with, but at the same time it’s a business. You want to be able to make
money whenever you get the opportunity. If you’re on the trading block, its’a
part of the game, but I still know I’m one of the best players in the NFL.
“How I approach the game, I love football. Whatever team I’m on,
I’m going to take that same attitude and be a nasty player. I’m going to
dominate on the defensive line and be the best teammate and best player I can
Bennett was one
of the most efficient edge rushers in the second half of 2018. He was able to
finish with 68 pressures, 37 hurries and 22 stops in 716 snaps. In his 2017
season with the Seattle Seahawks, Bennett had 70 pressures, 44 hurries and 32
stops in 931 snaps.