The Philadelphia Eagles made their defensive line EVEN BETTER on Wednesday by acquiring veteran pass rusher Michael Bennett in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. Here’s a look at some of the immediate reactions and analysis of the deal while I gather my own thoughts!
BGN Radio reacting to the Michael Bennett trade!Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Starting with the most important reaction of them all ...
I think this guy will fit into Philly just fine.
Bennett’s new teammates have already begun to welcome him to the Eagles.
Howie not messing around he’s out there wheelin and dealin. I SEE YA pic.twitter.com/9FHJlJQtWe— Brandon Brooks (@bbrooks_79) March 7, 2018
— Lane Johnson (@Lanejohnson65) March 7, 2018
And now for some media takes on the trade itself.
Michael Bennett played DE in Seahawks' base, moved inside in sub packages. Had 8.5 sacks last year and 24 QB hits, which ranked 10th in the NFL and was more than anyone on the Eagles had in 2017.— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) March 7, 2018
At 32, Michael Bennett is one of only 28 NFL DEs (since '88) to record at least 5 sacks + 20 tackles in each of their prior 4 yrs leading up to their 10th NFL season. Some of the others:— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) March 7, 2018
Michael Bennett ranked 6th in the NFL with 80 disruptions (plays with a run stuff or pressure) per #NextGenStats— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) March 7, 2018
Now joins the team that led the NFL with a 52.9% disruption rate.
Folks in Philly know how disruptive Brandon Graham was in 2017. Here's how Michael Bennett compared (some help from @PFF on this)— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) March 7, 2018
Graham: 9.5 sacks, 45 QB hurries, 4 QB hits
Bennett: 8.5 sacks, 44 QB hurries, 16 QB hits
Eagles traded a 7 and Matt Tobin to Seattle for a 5. Seattle than traded a 7 and Michael Bennett for a 5 and Marcus Johnson.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) March 7, 2018
The Eagles basically traded Matt Tobin and Marcus Johnson for Michael Bennett, lol.
Bennett had 8.5 sacks last year. Curry had 3.5.— Philly Special (@PatrickMCausey) March 7, 2018
Bennett’s base salary: 2018: 1.65 m, 2019: 6 m, 2020: 7.5 m (only 1.7 guaranteed)
Curry’s base salary: 2018: 9 m, 2019: 9.25 m, 2020: 10.25 m
In other words, the Eagles got a better player at a fraction of the cost.
Michael Bennett was awesome for the #Seahawks. According to PFF he had 10 sacks and 70 total pressures. Also had 7.3% run stop% which is above average. Typically in top 10.— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) March 7, 2018
This was a "down" year by comparison and he was still really damn good lol.
Here’s the Eagles’ new third-down pass rush: Michael Bennett and Fletcher Cox on the inside, Derek Barnett and Brandon Graham on the outside.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 7, 2018
Here's the odds that any 5th round pick in this draft outplays what Bennett gives the Eagles:— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) March 7, 2018
Michael Bennett played 931 snaps last season.— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) March 7, 2018
No #Eagles DE played more than 663 snaps last year.
Bennett will benefit from being on a deep d-line.
Roseman continues to prove value of GM with negotiations/Cap background, experienced in the art of the deal. Still can't believe he got a 1st for Sam Bradford, who was extraneous at that point.— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) March 7, 2018
Not only do Eagles trade for Michael Bennett but they also get a first-round talent in CB Sidney Jones at full health next year. Rich get richer.— Greg Bishop (@GregBishopSI) March 7, 2018
Thing with Bennett is that he can play interior line, too. Doesn't affect Barnett as much as people think, and/or plugs hole left by Allen in free agency. Move actually adds flex on a line that already rotates well.— Kevin Kinkead (@Kevin_Kinkead) March 7, 2018
I mean... that NASCAR package looks ridiculous now regardless of what happens next— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) March 7, 2018
the eagles are definitely the wokest team in the nfl nowhttps://t.co/MOI46U4kZf— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 7, 2018
In what he's able to do inside, sure. And salary is great for this season. Issue comes in 2019 ($7m total comp). https://t.co/IfRXIBuJyr— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 7, 2018
On Vinny Curry: $5M of his $9m base salary becomes fully gtd on 3/18. So, expect his situation to be resolved well before then.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 7, 2018