According to Ian Rapoport, the trade between the Seahawks and Eagles was supposed to be done Tuesday night, but the Patriots stepped in with a “big offer.” Rapoport says that the Eagles and Seahawks hit pause on the deal before eventually deciding to go through with it.
The Falcons reportedly offered a late-round pick for Bennett.
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- Adam Schefter has already confirmed the news and adds that the Seahawks will send Bennett and a seventh-round pick to the Eagles for a fifth-round pick and WR Marcus Johnson.
- According to Dianna Russini, other teams in the mix for Bennett included the Browns, Buccaneers, Patriots and Falcons among others.
The Seahawks were clearly looking to move Bennett before the start of free agency, and it appears as though the Eagles emerged as the top suitor in recent days.
It’s worth mentioning that the Falcons had come up as a team to watch for Bennett, given that he had ties to HC Dan Quinn, but it appears as though the Eagles offered the best deal in the end.
Bennett, 32, began his NFL career with the Buccaneers and spent four years in Tampa Bay before signing on with the Seahawks as a free agent back in 2013. Seattle signed him to a new four-year, $39 million contract that included $17.5 million guaranteed last year.
Bennett stands to make base salaries of $1.5 million and $6 million over the next two years of the agreement.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Bennett will free up $2,025,000 of available cap space while creating $5,212,500 in dead money.
In 2017, Bennett had appeared in 16 games for the Seahawks and recorded 40 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and a pass defense.