Seahawks trade Michael Bennett to Eagles as Sherman's future unclear

Seahawks trade Michael Bennett to Eagles as Sherman's future unclear

Michael Bennett's five-year tenure in Seattle has ended after the team has traded him to the Eagles, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Eagles also get a seventh-round pick and will send the Seahawks a fifth-round pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson in the deal. That number jumps to $6 million in 2019 and $7.5 million in 2020.

He finished 2017 with 8.5 sacks.

Curry has a cap hit of $11 million this season.

The Seattle Seahawks may be preparing to mark the end of their Legion of Boom era, as they traded away one member of their star defense on Wednesday, and reports indicate another could be on the way out next. He told The News Tribune's Gregg Bell on New Year's Eve, "I probably won't be back next year". The Seahawks also only owed him $1.65 million in base salary for next season but had to pay out a $4 million roster bonus, per Spotrac. "That's part of the game".

Perhaps most interesting is how Bennett's presence will alter the Eagles' speed rush package, which they used during obvious passing situations last season, including when Graham stripped Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.

The outspoken Bennett has been heavily involved in social activism and fits in nicely in Philadelphia's locker room with Long and safety Malcolm Jenkins, who are leaders in those areas.

Bennett first signed with the Seahawks in 2009, after going undrafted.

For his career, Bennett has 54 sacks, 210 tackles and eight forced fumbles in 293 games. He had just five receptions for 45 yards last season, but can provide Seattle with some insurance for fellow speedster Paul Richardson, who could leave in free agency. Jenkins demonstrated during the national anthem for a season-plus before the Players Coalition's partnership with the NFL was announced in late November.