He is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he ranked second on the team with 8.5 sacks, though he said after Seattle's final game he "probably won't be back next year". "I can see them going younger, with younger players", Bennett told The News Tribune Dec. 31. "That's part of the game".
The Patriots now employ Bennett's brother, tight end Martellus Bennett, who is set to earn a $2 million roster bonus next Wednesday and could be released.
Here's a look at how the trade - and the arrival of a 32-year-old pass rusher - could affect several aspects of the Eagles, from a particular player to the salary cap situation. The Falcons were recently rumored to be interested in trading for Bennett before the Eagles beat them to it.More news: NSE partners United Nations to promote gender parity
The Eagles already had one of the best pass rushes in the National Football League last season on their way to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
They had a great run with the likes of Bennett and other fearsome players on one of the league's most formidable defenses. Instead, with the decision to jettison Bennett, general manager John Schneider may have to strongly consider using the Seahawks first-round pick to fill a suddenly important positional need on a defensive end such as Marcus Davenport of UTSA or Arden Key of LSU. Following his release that October, Bennett landed with the Buccaneers, where he played four seasons. But considering how good of a player Bennett still is, the lack of depth on the roster, and the minimal return in value from the Eagles, there's a chance this move could backfire.
For his career, Bennett has 54 sacks, 210 tackles and eight forced fumbles in 293 games.More news: Broadcom cries foul as USA regulator intervenes in Qualcomm saga
He signed with the Seahawks the following season and has been a staple on the defensive line ever since.
Johnson would give Seattle another body at receiver if it is unable to retain WR Paul Richardson.More news: Neymar has undergone 'successful' foot surgery