Atlanta Falcons: Why not getting Michael Bennett is a good thing
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By Erik Sandelin

The Atlanta Falcons didn’t land Pro Bowler Michael Bennett for their defensive line, but that may end up being a good thing in the long run.

It had been rumored for a couple of days or so that the Atlanta Falcons were discussing making a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for defensive lineman Michael Bennett.

However, on Wednesday the Pro Bowler instead went to the Philadelphia Eagles with a seventh round pick in exchange for a fifth-round pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson.

This has been met with disappointment by many Falcons fans, who saw a defense that had already lost Derrick Shelby and very likely losing Dontari Poe and Adrian Clayborn missing out on some much-needed talent.

I am not among the disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong — I think Bennett is a great player. He’s clearly an upgrade as a 4-3 DE/DT over Shelby or Clayborn. He’s made the Pro Bowl the last three years. Every year of his career that he’s played all 16 games he’s notched at least 7 sacks.

There’s no questioning his talent or his work ethic. The connection with Falcon head coach Dan Quinn is obvious. Quinn was Bennett’s defensive line coach in 2009 and his defensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014. So there’s little doubt Bennett would’ve been a good scheme fit in...



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