Eagles agree to trade DE Michael Bennett to Patriots

Eagles agree to trade DE Michael Bennett to Patriots

Bennett, a three-time Pro Bowler (2015-17), who has already won a Super Bowl ring with Seattle, is being traded for the second straight March, having been deemed too expensive for Philadelphia to keep. The 6-foot-4 Bennett also arrives to New England signed through the 2020 season.

The Patriots are reportedly trading their 2020 fifth-round draft pick in exchange for the 33-year-old defensive end and the Eagles' 2020 seventh-round pick And his younger brother seemed pretty psyched about the news Friday. That's the core principle of a dynasty that is now pushing toward a 20-year run, and if the Patriots call with a trade offer the other 31 teams should automatically be questioning their own evaluation of that player. Bennett had already established himself as one of the league's best multi-gap pass-rushers, but this was above and beyond.

And the final two years of Bennett's contract that the Patriots inherit - which has a base value of $13.7 million, with Bennett also having a chance to earn an additional $2 million in per-game roster bonuses, and another $1 million in incentives for sacks - is not prohibitive. Well, after watching Bennett make an impact on defense by finishing with nine sacks, it's safe to say this was a great addition for Philadelphia, and expectations would be high once again heading into 2019.

Martellus spent the entire 2016 season with the Patriots, helping New England defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.


Friday, Bennett addressed those rumors and something he said might now make it more likely that that the Eagles release him than trade him.

I just know at this point whatever team I go to I want to get paid more than I am now.

Last week, after Jason Witten announced he was coming out of retirement, Martellus Bennett took to Twitter to joke about returning the field. Who wants to help the rich get richer?

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