Eagles spoke to teams at NFL Combine about potential trades for Michael Bennett
It’s possible that Michael Bennett’s tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles is coming to a close sooner than everyone expected.
According to Geoff Mosher of 97.3 ESPN FM Radio, the Eagles spoke to teams at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis about trading the 33-year-old defensive end.
Sources: #Eagles spoke to teams in Indianapolis about Michael Bennett.
With free-agent market for pass rushers drying up, #Eagles had discussions at Combine with NFL teams about one of their best pass rushers.
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— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) March 4, 2019
The Eagles won’t be parting with Bennett for cheap, however. If they do strike up a deal with another organization, it’ll be for an additional draft pick, or something in another area that they could desperately use.
The Eagles acquired the versatile, veteran lineman in a trade with Seattle last year. Playing both the edge and inside, the 33-year-old’s nine sacks were second-most of his career and second-most on the defense. The team also charted him for 50 combined pressures and quarterback hits, also second-most (h/t Glenn Ervy of Eagles Wire).
Bennett had one of the most commendable seasons of his career in 2018. In his first campaign with Philadelphia, he recorded nine sacks, 25 solo tackles, two forced fumbles, and 30 QB hits.
It’s likely the Eagles are thinking younger in regards to their defensive line, considering the “historic” depth the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft has in terms of pass rushers.
Philly would free up $7.2 million in cap space by moving on from Bennett and could save another $5 million if they released Chris Long or the veteran retires, per Ervy.
Michael Bennett has been named to three Pro Bowls, posting 13 forced fumbles, 63 sacks, 240 solo tackles, and 30 QB hits over the course of his 10-year NFL career, which includes a Super Bowl title with the Seattle Seahawks.