National Football League insiders: Seahawk Michael Bennett traded to the Eagles


An indelible image of Seattle's 2015 NFC Title game win over Green Bay came when Bennett grabbed a bicycle belonging to a Seattle police man and rode it around CenturyLink Field in celebration (the bike was later auctioned off for charity).

Philly has plenty of depth in their front seven, but Bennett can help them go to a new level of dominance. "That's part of the game". They were rumored to be shopping around the slightly overpaid veteran Vinny Curry over the weekend.

Why did the Seahawks trade Bennett?

The Patriots now employ Bennett's brother, tight end Martellus Bennett, who is set to earn a $2 million roster bonus next Wednesday and could be released.

Bennett has been one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the National Football League, averaging eight sacks per season and earning three Pro Bowl berths since 2013.

The trade of Bennett will end one of the most interesting careers in team history.

The Seahawks are also rebooting somewhat. The Seahawks are likely to allow Sheldon Richardson to leave in free agency, and there is ample talk about Richard Sherman being moved in the coming hours/days.

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Bennett, who sat during the national anthem last season to protest social issues, enters an organization that has been accepting of social advocates on the team.

Michael Bennett is headed to a new NFC team.

Last season, Bennett counted up 25 tackles, 9 sacks and a pass defense in 16 starts. It appears instead of looking towards the draft, they made the move for Bennett.

He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M in 2009. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent in 2013. His sack numbers have been pretty consistent aside from the 2016 season where he played just 11 games. "I want to play as long as I can", he said via

He then signed an extension in December, 2016 due to keep him with the team through 2020, saying at the time he hoped to retire in Seattle.

Where will the Seahawks turn next?