In an offseason that has just wrapped up the NFL Scouting Combine we have our third blockbuster trade. The Seattle Seahawks have traded veteran defensive end Michael Bennett and a 7th rd pick to the Superbowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 5th rd pick, and 2nd year undrafted free agent wide receiver Marcus Johnson.
I did not see this trade coming because of the speculation of a possible reunion with Dan Quinn in Atlanta, but I believe that both teams have benefitted from this trade. The Seahawks are going to rebuild their defense with rumors of Richard Sherman, Cliff Avril, and Kam Chancellor possibly not playing in Seattle next season. The Seahawks will get younger on the defense through the draft and possibly free agency. It has been rumored that Brian Cushing, former linebacker of the Texans, is visiting the Seahawks today to possibly reunite with Pete Carroll who was his former head coach at USC.
The Seahawks still have some key defensive players on their roster such as Earl Thomas and Bobby Wagner but I believe a rebuild to get younger, rejuvenated players on the defensive side of the football is essential for the Seahawks organization. As for the Eagles, they are getting a well proven defensive talent in Michael Bennett who has had 118 hits on the QB in the past 5 seasons, which is 3rd in the NFL. Bennett has had his share of injuries throughout his career, but I believe that the Eagles are getting a dynamic player with a high football IQ. Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry has denied taking a pay cut which indicates that he will probably not be back on the Eagles next year in order to save cap space. With free agency beginning next week, I expect to see more intriguing offseason news whether it’s another trade or a free agent acquisition until the NFL draft.