The Seattle Seahawks reportedly will trade defensive lineman Michael Bennett to the Philaelphia Eagles in a fascinating deal, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Eagles will receive Bennett and a seventh-round pick for a fifth-round pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson, according to Schefter. ESPN's Josina Anderson first reported Bennett would be traded.
Bennett, 33, has been on the block recently. There was interest from around the NFL, but it is a surprise to see the salary cap-stricken Eagles land him. They'll have work to do to get their finances in order and make it all work before the start of the league year next week, but it's a tremendous addiiton on an already talented front.
For the Seahawks, it feels like the end of era with Bennett soon to be gone, Richard Sherman perhaps the next to go and Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor both suffering injuries that could be career-enders. The team reportedly sought the Bennett deal as an effort to make the locker room "more quiet," although he also was due a roster bonus of $3 million on March 18.
A three-time Pro Bowler, Bennett had 8.5 sacks last season, which was tied for the third-best mark of his career. He started all 16 games last season and has missed only five (all in 2016) since the start of 2012, when Bennett was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 23-year-old Johnson played in 10 games for the Eagles last season, mostly as a special teamer. He caught five passes fore 45 yards in his first full season of work after signing with Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent out of Texas in 2016.