Report: Eagles have discussed trading DE Michael Bennett at the NFL combine
4 March 2019 Eagles News
Rumor season is heating up and there’s a new one to discuss.
Per Geoff Mosher, the Eagles have discussed trading defensive end Michael Bennett with teams at the NFL combine. Trading him would save the team $7.2 million in cap space.
Noted is the fact that the defensive end market in free agency is not there. Players are going to be tagged leaving teams with a need little options. And, although the draft class has a lot of options, a veteran as productive as Bennett could be a commodity a team wants to have.
Last season, he had nine sacks to go with 34 tackles and two forced fumbles. Bennett definitely was a key contributor on the Eagles’ defense. He was very good for the team and not to mention, a bargain for what the Eagles got him for.
But, the Eagles need the cap flexibility and have been making moves. They signed defensive end Brandon Graham to an extension as well as Jason Kelce. Kelce’s move gives the Eagles more flexibility in cap this season.
Moving Bennett leaves the Eagles with a hole at the position, but Derek Barnett is returning. However, cap space is one thing, but Bennett’s production is another. He’s not worth losing if the Eagles are to only receive the same or lesser value. He was the Eagles best defensive end last season.
There’s no way how those talks went and what his value is. For now, this is a story to watch but as free agency nears, player departures and news is going to heat up. Stay tuned.
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