By Tanya Ray Fox
Michael Bennett told the News Tribune at the end of the 2017 season that he probably wouldn’t be back with the Seattle Seahawks next season, saying that it “seems like it’s a young man’s game. I can see them going younger, with younger players. That’s part of the game.”
Next season, the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end will be once again surrounded by champions. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Seahawks have agreed to trade Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles for wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick in next month’s draft. The deal won’t be official until the new league year begins March 14.
As much as his age might’ve played a factor in Seattle’s decision to move on from him, the 32-year-old’s experience was likely what attracted the Eagles the most. Bennett is has long been one of the league’s most lauded locker room leaders and is a voice for social justice. The Eagles took a shot on a very similar player 32-year-old defensive end Chris Long last season, and he proved to be a valuable member of their championship defense — both on the field and...