Report: Michael Bennett to be Traded to New England Patriots

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Reports were released about the Eagles shopping Michael Bennett on Monday. Mid-day Friday, reports were that the Eagles would release Bennett if he weren’t traded.

It seemed as though no deal would get done with the Eagles seemingly losing all their leverage and Bennett making himself out to be a locker room issue once again.

Well, Howie Roseman gets the job done once again by improving one of the team’s 2020 draft picks for a player they would otherwise get nothing for. But what team could want a man who is proving himself to be a locker room issue? Enter the New England Patriots.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots will acquire the Eagles’ 2020 seventh-round pick in exchange for the Patriots’ fifth-round pick.

The deal is almost the same as the one that the Eagles made to acquire Bennett last offseason. The Eagles sent a fifth and receiver Marcus Johnson to the Seahawks for Bennet and a seventh then. The Eagles essentially delayed their picks and lost Marcus Johnson for a year of Bennett.

It is difficult to imagine this trade working out how Bennett would like. The Patriots will not stand for his outbursts and they are allowing the homegrown Trey Flowers to walk because of price, so it seems unlikely they’d pay Bennett more after just acquiring him.

The team also saves cap space with the move (as shown below).

Eagles Salary Cap Transaction Table

Transaction Salary Change New Cap Space
Cap Space as of February 25, 2019 $3,613,815
Eagles Extend Brandon Graham +$10,000,000* -$6,386,185
Eagles Decline Tim Jernigan’s Option -$7,000,000 $613,815
Eagles Extend Jason Kelce -$4,000,000 $4,613,815
Eagles Extend Isaac Seumalo +$800,000 $3,813,815
Lane Johnson Restructures Deal -$8,200,000 $12,013,815
Eagles Trade Michael Bennett -$7,200,000 $19,213,815

* – Indicates number is a projection and not yet official

The Eagles will need around $7 million to sign draft picks, giving them a bit over $12 million to use in free agency.

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