The Eagles had a good defense last season, but they were going to be in the market for a new pass rusher.
The Seahawks have traded Pro Bowl DE Michael Bennett and a seventh-round draft pick to the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles for WR receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick, according to reports Wednesday from ESPN and the NFL Network.
The team had not yet announced the deal as of 3:30 p.m. The Eagles were projected to be around $9 million over the cap before this deal, and will have to make moves between now and March 14 to ensure they are cap compliant. Last season it would have been $15.831 million.
Bennet is entering is 10th NFL season, but is still viewed as one of the league's most productive defensive ends.
Seahawks players (l to r) Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, and Frank Clark sit during the playing of the national anthem before Seattle's game versus the Indianapolis Colts at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, Oct.
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They also are hopeful because two new polls show a clear majority of voters support a ban on assault weapons. In early voting, 40,487 Republicans cast votes across Dallas County, compared with 43,745 four years ago.
Bennett, 32, is a nine-year veteran and coming off his third straight Pro Bowl season in which he finished with 8.5 sacks and 35 tackles. He ends his five-year stint with 40 sacks in 75 games with Seattle. But the Eagles can save about $4.4 million by moving on from their 2012 second-round pick. Jenkins, defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith have been some of the more active players on the social justice front.
Celek, 33, has indicated he has no plans to retire from the NFL.
If teams are insistent on pushing their always-replaceable players overboard, the Eagles have no problem giving them a soft place to land.
Uncertainty has surrounded Curry's future in Philadelphia given that he is set to be on the books for $11 million in 2018. Michael Bennett has been traded to Philadelphia, Richard Sherman is not expected to return, and Kam Chancellor's injury may force him out of town.