Seahawks trade Michael Bennett to Eagles for Marcus Johnson and a pick

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Michael Bennett is on the way to the defending champions.

The Seahawks have agreed to trade Bennett and a seventh-round pick to the Eagles for backup receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Bennett had been widely perceived to be on the trading block as the Seahawks attempt to put together a younger, cheaper defense. Bennett and has three years left on his contract and has a cap hit of $7.4 million in 2018. The Eagles don’t have a lot of cap space, but they’ve decided to take on a fairly expensive veteran as they seek to win another Super Bowl.

The speedy Johnson joined the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Texas in 2016. He hasn’t played much and has just five catches in his NFL career, but he may be able to add something to the Seahawks’ offense in an offseason when the Seahawks are making big changes on their defense.

122 responses to “Seahawks trade Michael Bennett to Eagles for Marcus Johnson and a pick

  1. What? I don’t want Bennet on the Eagles! Talk about killing team chemistry! And how is Howie going to get the Eagles under the cap now? You’re letting Robinson, Burton, and Bradham walk but you’re bringing in Michael Bennet? I know Howie is a magician but this trade boggles my mind!

  2. Bennett will find out that Philly fans are just as loyal, if not more as 12th man. However, the difference is Philly fans want to see him playing hard and not talking as much.

  3. I think Curry makes something like 11 Million this year and Bennett makes 7.4. Curry probably didn’t want to restructure and his 5 sacks in two years didn’t equate to that salary

  4. What? I don’t want Bennet on the Eagles! Talk about killing team chemistry! And how is Howie going to get the Eagles under the cap now? You’re letting Robinson, Burton, and Bradham walk but you’re bringing in Michael Bennet? I know Howie is a magician but this trade boggles my mind!
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    Seriously, after last year, how can doubt anything that the Eagles do?

  5. stucats says:

    March 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    bad trade by the She-gals, Bennett is done
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    Bennett is done, but it was a bad trade for the Seahawks? Yea, got it, clear as mud.

  6. birdwatcher100 says:
    March 7, 2018 at 2:38 pm
    What? I don’t want Bennet on the Eagles! Talk about killing team chemistry! And how is Howie going to get the Eagles under the cap now? You’re letting Robinson, Burton, and Bradham walk but you’re bringing in Michael Bennet? I know Howie is a magician but this trade boggles my mind!
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    Seriously, after last year, how can doubt anything that the Eagles do?
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    Easily. Fluke year.

  7. Cap issues aside, this might not be bad for the Eagles. Bennett talks too much and runs the risk of being a distraction, yet different coaches are able to hone in some players who would otherwise be trouble makers. Pederson might be able to run a tighter ship than the free-for-all that goes on in Seattle. And despite getting older, Bennett did have a solid season last year.

  8. Agree looks like curry is gone. too big of a contract. As of today they have 4 defensive ends long,graham,barnett and bennett .lots more moves coming for the Eagles. They are in cap hell.

  9. As a Ravens fan that is in desperate need for TE help (among other things), I’d have taken Burton over Bennett in a heartbeat.

    All things equal, Burton is probably the higher upside guy.

    How much is Burton going to command on the FA market? I think Bennett’s contract is about as high as the franchise tag for the position.

  10. Where are all the arm chair GM’s who said he would be out of the league lol. Funny Graham 29yrs old 9.5 sacks, Bennett 32yrs old 8.5 sacks. Yup he’s done smh. The over 30 club strikes again lol

    Birds are now down to 5 draft picks and even less cap space. Howie’s going all in or completely lost his mind.

  11. Howie said “I’m afraid that we’re going to get a bunch of bandwagon fans after winning the Super Bowl. How can I prevent that from happening? Oh,I know. I’ll trade for one of the most obnoxious and least likeable players in the league.” Mission Accomplished

  12. kcflake says:
    Wow. The Seahawks didn’t get jack for Bennett.
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    The Seahawks couldn’t afford Bennett, didn’t want his politics in the locker room, and every team in the league knew it. They’re lucky to find a trading partner, as opposed to merely having to cut him, which I believe they were prepared to do.
    In light of those circumstances, they essentially swapped a seventh-round pick for a fifth-round pick, and the Eagles threw in a camp body. They never had the leverage to get great value for Bennett, but under the circumstances, they likely got as much as they could.
    Besides, Bennett limped off the field many times last season. He’s not a spring chicken either. The Eagles certainly got the better player, but for how long?

  13. “I feel bad for the Eagles for being so stupid to trade for a locker room distraction. I hope Blount knocks him out!”

    A Browns fan feeling bad for another franchise… funny… but then add the fact that he is talking about the current world champion Eagles… Hahahahahaha

  14. he’s a good player – slippery and hard to block – yes he’s getting older, but played through plantar fasciatis last year (and it showed) and still got 8.5 sacks.

    fans seem to hate him a lot more than his teammates. if he can stay healthy, he’ll contribute.

  15. This trade is aggravating me! You are basically choosing to go farther over the cap for a locker room cancer and now you need to trade Foles and Curry and let most of your free agents walk just to get under the cap! Plus, you gave up a 5th rounder? Please, tell me why this trade makes sense to anyone?

  16. cookerduff123 says:
    March 7, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    Cap issues aside, this might not be bad for the Eagles. Bennett talks too much and runs the risk of being a distraction, yet different coaches are able to hone in some players who would otherwise be trouble makers. Pederson might be able to run a tighter ship than the free-for-all that goes on in Seattle. And despite getting older, Bennett did have a solid season last year.

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    I was thinking the same. Look how his brother can be an absolute tool everywhere he goes except NE where he is suddenly a wonderful team mate and an enjoyable citizen to have in the local community. The same could happen with Michael so we will just have to see.

  17. hustlelikerussell says:
    Bennett just got a false start on his way to Philly
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    A neat trick for a defensive player, since only the offense can false start. Perhaps you meant he was offside?

  18. Looks like the eagles will continue to have the best rotation in the league at D end. I think wr Marcus johnson plays well in Seattle. He has potential.

  19. “This trade is aggravating me! You are basically choosing to go farther over the cap for a locker room cancer and now you need to trade Foles and Curry and let most of your free agents walk just to get under the cap! Plus, you gave up a 5th rounder? Please, tell me why this trade makes sense to anyone?”

    Understand where you’re coming from but I guess I have come to peace with putting some trust in the management team that built a Super Bowl roster.

  20. I’ve been a Seahawks fan since ’79 & this is some of the best trade news I’ve heard. So long Bennett! I feel bad for Eagles fans, your defense will be gifting penalty yards & you’ll also have his unstoppable mouth to contend with.

  21. Ya, not sure he’s a chemistry killer in a league where 85% of the players share his opinions because 85% of the players share his experiences. Please make better football opinions, because none of you seems to know what goes on in a lockerroom.

  22. Well……..”Trust the process”…..Howie/Doug have earned the benefit of the doubt.

  23. I’m a Seahawks fan, and I’m sorry to see Bennett go. Nothing he said ever bothered me in the slightest.

  24. Anyone that thinks getting a player of Bennett’s calibur is a bad thing is very very very very stupid.
    *******
    Either that or they realize that adding his salary will mean losing other talented players and may result in a less talented roster. Also, it’s “caliber” not “calibur”, but what do I know. I’m very very very very stupid.

  25. Bennett’s salary (and cap #s) for next 3 years.

    2018 – $1.65M
    2019 – $6.0M
    2020 – $7.5M

    Cheap one year rental depending on his production

    With the trade, the Seahawks absorb all the unamortized bonus money.

  26. rkt4mayor says:
    March 7, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    What? I don’t want Bennet on the Eagles! Talk about killing team chemistry!

    rkt4mayor says:
    March 7, 2018 at 2:51 pm
    This trade is aggravating me! You are basically choosing to go farther over the cap for a locker room cancer
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    ATTENTION WHITE FOOTBALL FANBOY AMERICA:

    Michael Bennett is not a “locker room cancer”. He will not “kill team chemistry”. YOU don’t like him because of his politics. YOU will never spend 5 seconds in the Eagle lockeroom. What YOU think of him has nothing whatsoever to do with what his TEAMMATES think of him.

  27. Seahawks are disassembling the leagues best defense of the last half decade and everyone is offering 25 cents on the dollar. Schneider sure seems to get shafted on trades.

  28. typical… howie helped us get in position to win the superbowl and weeks later people are saying he doesnt know what he’s doing now… LOL. just shut up and watch football.

  29. “He’s good but idk if he’s worth the headache”

    That’s what they said about Jay Ajayi, and that trade worked out pretty well for the Eagles.

    There’s no reason to doubt Howie on this one.

  30. JIm Schwartz is gonna use him to his best ability too. Eagles front 4 won’t miss a beat.

  31. Hate to break it to you tccoates, but per spotrac.com Bennett’s cap hit is:
    2018 – 6.65 mil
    2019 – 7.00 mil
    2020 – 8.50 mil

    I think you were looking at base salary, and not cap hit. You need to add in the roster bonus. But you are correct, he would be a deal at 1.65 mil for 2018.

  32. tccoats says:
    March 7, 2018 at 3:18 pm
    Bennett’s salary (and cap #s) for next 3 years.

    2018 – $1.65M, $7,375,000
    2019 – $6.0M, $8,725,000
    2020 – $7.5M, $10,225,000

    Cheap one year rental depending on his production

    With the trade, the Seahawks absorb all the unamortized bonus money.
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    FYP – since you only chose to included his salary

  33. IF, and it’s a big IF, Bennett can be productive on the field and not be disruptive in the locker room this could end up being a good trade for Philly. He’s due to make $5.65M I think this year (salary and roster bonus) which isn’t too bad. I think it’s one and done in Philly though. His cap hit rises to $7M in 2019 and $8.5M in 2020. At his age, both of those years are not a given unless he can be very productive. I still don’t see why they did this. From what I read they don’t have a DL that may leave in free agency so this trade is puzzling. Maybe Pederson can keep this guy under control. Who knows. Only time will tell about this trade. If they get production out of him and he doesn’t cause trouble it could be a great pick.

  34. Philllymamba215 says:
    March 7, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    Why are people calling Bennett a cancer? Because he speaks on injustice?
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    Ask the Las Vegas PD

  35. Bennett’s contract is more cap friendly than Curry’s. The $ the Eagles will have to spend are LESS than what they save by cutting Curry. The Eagles already have activists and won the SB. He will have no issue fitting in. Will be a rotation guy. No guaranteed $. It is a year by year deal.

    The perfect deal for the Eagles.

  36. Also, Jeffrey Laurie has no issue on players who speak out and they won’t lose one season ticket holder over the issue.

  37. I despise, loathe have contempt toward Michael Bennett. i wont say Hate but just short of that. I will not root for him but will continue to root for my beloved Birds. Howie do your thing and get us a second Super Bowl please!!! Fly Eagles Fly

  38. March 7, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    Why are people calling Bennett a cancer? Because he speaks on injustice?
    *******
    Nope. It’s because he tells blatant lies and exaggerates and then his teammates have to answer questions about that instead of focusing on their next game.

  39. They are upgrading the DL by getting rid of a guy who had 8.5 sacks last season so they can re-sign Sheldon Richardson, who had one sack in 2017.

  40. This guarantees Curry is gone and assuming that the Eagles actually brought their cap number down. An already top 1-3 defensive line just got somewhat but not a whole lot better despite Bennett’s age. The trade makes sense for both teams but the Eagles desperately need a top flight CB.

  41. eatitfanboy says:
    March 7, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    ATTENTION WHITE FOOTBALL FANBOY AMERICA:

    Michael Bennett is not a “locker room cancer”. He will not “kill team chemistry”. YOU don’t like him because of his politics. YOU will never spend 5 seconds in the Eagle lockeroom. What YOU think of him has nothing whatsoever to do with what his TEAMMATES think of him.
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    Ok Einstein…then why was Seattle so eager to trade this model teammate and swell locker room presence?

  42. whenwilliteverend says:
    March 7, 2018 at 3:46 pm
    IF, and it’s a big IF, Bennett can be productive on the field and not be disruptive in the locker room this could end up being a good trade for Philly. He’s due to make $5.65M I think this year (salary and roster bonus) which isn’t too bad. I think it’s one and done in Philly though. His cap hit rises to $7M in 2019 and $8.5M in 2020. At his age, both of those years are not a given unless he can be very productive. I still don’t see why they did this. From what I read they don’t have a DL that may leave in free agency so this trade is puzzling. Maybe Pederson can keep this guy under control. Who knows. Only time will tell about this trade. If they get production out of him and he doesn’t cause trouble it could be a great pick.
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    Vin Curry getting traded or (much more likely) cut was a foregone conclusion since he is 11 million against the cap this season.

  43. If Bennett was only due $5.65mm this year then the question has to be asked why did he get traded ?
    That is not salary cap killer for his position….. actually the opposite….it is almost cheap.
    Seattle figures they can get better production from someone else.
    Bennett doesn’t have more upside than Curry right now….he is just cheaper.

  44. Malcolm Jenkins said if they didn’t trade for Bennett, he’d orchestrate a team revolt and blame the police.

  45. This guarantees Curry is gone and assuming that the Eagles actually brought their cap number down. An already top 1-3 defensive line just got somewhat but not a whole lot better despite Bennett’s age. The trade makes sense for both teams but the Eagles desperately need a top flight CB.

    0 0

    The Eagles have one coming – Sidney Jones.

  46. Is that the same guy who got slapped around by Gronk in that SB? Why would the Eagles want him?

  47. I’m guessing this is just the first Eagles domino to fall.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the coming days and weeks, but I now anticipate the Eagles trading Vinny Curry (29 years old, $11 million cap hit) for a draft pick (somewhere between rounds 4 and 6). Such a move would essentially make Michael Bennett (32 years old, $6.6 million cap hit) a slightly older, significantly cheaper, more accomplished replacement for Curry.

    Does age matter? Sure. But the Eagles have the horses (Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Chris Long, Michael Bennett, and a few less notable players) to keep Bennett productive on a rotational basis. Hard to say this is a bad football move for Howie Roseman.

  48. youngnoizecom sayid:
    March 7, 2018 at 3:01 pm
    Ya, not sure he’s a chemistry killer in a league where 85% of the players share his opinions because 85% of the players share his experiences.
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    Absolutely correct. He is only a problem for the fans who come to this sight and don’t agree with politics/point of view, not with his teammates.

    At 32, he is obviously on the back side of his career, but it looks like he has a few good years left. The Eagles were probably going to lose Burton and Blount no matter what they did, and they were never going to resign Torrey Smith. Curry probably gets traded now, and the Eagles actually wind up with more cap space, not less, plus whatever draft pick(s) they can get for Curry. This is a smart move by the Eagles.

  49. It breaks down like this:

    1. His contract is more cap friendly than Curry’s.
    2. He is a better player.
    3. He will be part of a rotation.
    4. No $ guaranteed. The Eagles can simply walk away if not happy.
    5. They have the type of locker room where he will fit in.

  50. He’s about a 7.5 million cap hit for 2018. Vinny Curry was going to be about an 11 million cap hit. Tell me again how this hurts the Eagles cap situation?
    Any fan who worries about the Eagles cap situation hasn’t been following this team for very long. We’re still in March people. Until September, they’re just numbers that fans don’t need to concern themselves with. Pretty sure the reigning “GM Of The Year” knows a little more about the cap than the people who comment on this site lol!

  51. SBLIIChampionEagles says:

    Ugh.
    I absolutely loathe Michael Bennett. Going to be very very hard to root for this guy…
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    Imagine how Seahawks fans felt…

  52. People hate Michael Bennett because he speaks out against inequality, but they don’t hate inequalities? This is a weird and messed up world we live in.

  53. And at this point I’m under the impression that the eagles dont have to follow the same salary cap as the rest of the league….they were like 9 million over this year and also were terribly close to being over last year and they were giving out huge contracts last march….Godell may want to look into that…..cheatadelphia…..turned into flukeadelphia.

  54. Bennet will fit right in with Malcolm Jenkins’ anti-cop campaign….another kneeling moron added to this self righteous team. If you want to kneel on our country then go play football in mexico.

  55. richardmswartz says:
    March 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm
    This guarantees Curry is gone and assuming that the Eagles actually brought their cap number down. An already top 1-3 defensive line just got somewhat but not a whole lot better despite Bennett’s age. The trade makes sense for both teams but the Eagles desperately need a top flight CB.

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    Not sure why you think the Eagles need a CB. They just won the Superbowl with a 24 year old #1 CB and Sidney Jones was a top 10 talent at CB that didn’t play last year with Jalen Watkins sliding in at 3. They are all young and cheap and improving.

  56. Third in the league in the past 5 years with QB hits, and the only player in the LEAGUE to have at least 5 sacks in each of his last 6 seasons.

    Yep this guy is clearly a quitter and lazy. Have fun blocking this defensive line.

    Just another piece to stop Zwke without loading up the box.

  57. uncommon1 says:
    March 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Anyone that thinks getting a player of Bennett’s calibur is a bad thing is very very very very stupid.
    *******
    Either that or they realize that adding his salary will mean losing other talented players and may result in a less talented roster. Also, it’s “caliber” not “calibur”, but what do I know. I’m very very very very stupid.

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    I don’t think you’re stupid. But your remark doesn’t make much sense. His salary is not high and bringing a talented player like Bennett in for a year or so will help the team from a cap perspective. And yes, the Eagles will lose some talented players – as they would have regardless of whether or not they traded for Bennett. Haven’t you kept up with the reports that the team is trying to move Vinny Curry?

  58. This guy alone can send Philly back to the NFCE basement. He should be banned from the league for conduct detrimental to humanity.

  59. I love Thomas of the Seahawks…great player….but if the
    Cowboys give up a 2nd and Irving they are crazy.
    If I am the Cowboys and the Seahawks want cap room
    no more than a fourth round pick. Look at the
    Bennett deal. Bennet is also a good football player.
    Good move by the Eagles….and hopefully the
    Cowboys use it as a guide.

  60. Two or three years ago Bennett was a force that overshadowed his constant offside penalties(and more recently his mouth)…

    More recently the negatives have overshadowed his play. He got a couple offside penalties on 3rd and less than 5 this year that really hurt us.

    I believe one was vs Washington that allowed them to win, which in the end kept the team out of the playoffs.

    Then there was his big stance on the anthem issue and that really weird and distracting incident with the cops in Las Vegas.

    This Seahawks fan has had enough. Thanks for the memories Michael! Best of luck to you!

  61. If he is so great why did Seattle trade him ?
    He was far from expensive for have position.
    Teams find ways to keep quality players that don’t break the bank….they don’t trade them.

  62. The 1-2 Seahawks just keep imploding before our eyes.

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    Patriot fans would tell you that trading talent away a year or two before they are done while you can still get something for them is the way to go.

    I would agree with them.

  63. Too many people don’t understand how the cap works. This didn’t save the Eagles any money or cap space. Yes, Curry’s cap hit will be 11 million while the Eagles are only in the hook for 6.65 million of Bennett’s cap but when they trade or cut Curry, the Eagles will still have to pay 6 million of dead cap in Curry’s contract. 6 + 6.65 = 12.65 > 11. It would have been cheaper to not get Bennett and keep Curry. Learn football people.

  64. I think Howie Roseman has proven that he knows more about building a championship team than you and I do.

  65. He’s a 5.65 mil cap hit this year not 7. Eagles will trade or cut Curry and save 5 mil. Cap wise it’s pretty much a wash. Last year the Eagles traded Matt Tobin and a 7th to the Hawks for a 5th. Then trade the Hawks their 5th back for Bennett. So basically the Eagles traded Matt Tobin and Marcus Johnson for Michael Bennett.

  66. I think the point is to not be so loyal that you are paying a player top dollar for something he did for your team years ago.

    Getting mediocre play out of a player that cost that much and takes that much of your salary cap can mean the difference of making the playoffs or not. You absolutely have to get out of it at some point or it hurts the team… the question is when.

    And that is before the mouth and distractions.

    Good for the Seahawks…Bennett will have to play well to be worth that cash. I am sure that pete has a plan…that is his defense.

  67. Philllymamba215 says:
    March 7, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    Why are people calling Bennett a cancer? Because he speaks on injustice?
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    I think it’s because Bennett speaks endlessly…. that is the real problem

  68. One Bennett won’t need to play as much. He will play 1/3 less then he is use too which will only benefit himself and his ability to help the eagles.

    Secondly

    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.

    The Eagles basically traded Matt Tobin and Marcus Johnson for Michael Bennett, lol.

    It’s a no brained trade for the eagles.

  69. Way to ruin our Super Bowl glow Howie. You just had to bring in the king of racial food fights didn’t you. Great job, golf clap. You had to do it didn’t you, you couldn’t just let us enjoy everything. You just had to do it.

  70. Sure he speaks out, but he is awful and ineffective at it.
    It’s like he’s a phony just trying to sell a book or something.

    Jenkins and Long can teach him how effective action is done.

  71. @Edward Halverson says:

    Bennett is a cancer.

    Hope you enjoyed last season Eagle fans.
    =========================================
    YES, we are enjoying it. And we will look back on that season very fondly…despite what happens in 2018.

  72. eagleswin says:

    March 7, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    richardmswartz says:
    March 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm
    This guarantees Curry is gone and assuming that the Eagles actually brought their cap number down. An already top 1-3 defensive line just got somewhat but not a whole lot better despite Bennett’s age. The trade makes sense for both teams but the Eagles desperately need a top flight CB.

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    Not sure why you think the Eagles need a CB. They just won the Superbowl with a 24 year old #1 CB and Sidney Jones was a top 10 talent at CB that didn’t play last year with Jalen Watkins sliding in at 3. They are all young and cheap and improving.

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    I want to give you a like, except for mentioning our CB “Jalen Watkins”. Wrong Jalen. Jalen Mills is the CB, Watkins is the safety that is no longer an Eagle. Patrick Robinson will be back, and Darby, Mills, and Jones will all be fighting for those 2 outside spots. Then you have Douglas that can also slide in outside, and play pretty darn well. That’s a killer 4 man backfield. Could almost rotate CBs like we do with the DL.

    Regardless, that’s a heck of a dime backfield.

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