The addition of Bennett will allow the Eagles to explore a potential trade of defensive end Vinny Curry. So if the Eagles can find a way to get rid of curry without financial ramifications, they'll be saving money while potentially upgrading performance.
According to a report by ESPN reporter Josina Anderson, Philadelphia is set to acquire Bennett via trade.
While NFL free agency doesn't begin until next week, a major trade went down Wednesday in the NFL. He carries a cap hit of $11 million in 2018. And in just a year or two, the Eagles, who are far above the allotted salary cap as it is, will need to make the hard decision of paying who they can and cutting ties with all others.
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz also appeared excited about Bennett's arrival.
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Curry paced the Eagles with 41 hurries in 2017 but finished with just three sacks. Of course, there was no better fit for Bennett in his prime than Seattle, as a player and a unique personality, in a locker room full of them. Last season it would have been $15.831 million.
With three years left on his current contract, Bennett could finish up his career in Philadelphia, though it's highly likely they're just taking him on a one-year test run. Bennett, though, has never been a part of the Players Coalition, a nonprofit group meant to organize National Football League players hoping to push for change in the criminal justice system co-founded by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. However, it looks like the Super Bowl champions have been keeping themselves busy as well when it comes to making trade moves, with Michael Bennett being the ideal example. Michael Bennett, 6-foot-4, 271, may have logged 8.5 sacks in sixteen games last year, but he turns 33 years old later this year.
He told me at the end of last season, on New Year's Eve, "I probably won't be back" with Seattle in 2018.