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Eagles acquire Michael Bennett from Seahawks, consolidate power atop NFC

Not satisfied with their victory in Super Bowl LII, the Eagles have added three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Michael Bennett in a trade.

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While Richard Sherman awaits his fate with the Seattle Seahawks, the team has sent away another part of its once-dominant defense. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seahawks have traded three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Michael Bennett and a seventh-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a fifth-round selection and wide receiver Marcus Johnson.

Once the brightest young power in the NFL after back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, the Seahawks have aged into an also-ran. Not content with that status, general manager John Schneider decided to begin dismantling his old and highly paid defense. Bennett becomes the first major piece to actually depart, though reports indicate that Sherman, Cliff Avril, and Kam Chancellor could also see their tenures with the team end this offseason. Though the specifics remain unclear, this clearly marks the end of a prolific, strange era in Seattle.

As for the Eagles, the move consolidates their place atop the conference. Salary-cap concerns appeared likely to force the team to part with some of their defensive line depth, and while Vinny Curry and others could still end up on the open market, Bennett’s arrival should negate the losses. The trade works for Philadelphia because it cuts Bennett’s 2018 cap number by nearly $2 million, according to Over the Cap. That makes Bennett one of the best values in the NFL.

The Eagles need to make other moves as well to become cap compliant and sign their rookie class, but general manager Howie Roseman continues to put his team in a strong position to compete for the Lombardi Trophy. With Carson Wentz returning next season and the defense loaded, they remain the favorite in the NFC.