Michael Bennett confirms trade to Eagles: 'Free Meek Mill'

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The Seahawks decided defensive end Michael Bennett's time with the team was up despite him earning three-straight Pro Bowl selections and winning a Super Bowl for Seattle.

Why did the Seahawks trade Bennett? .

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NFL Network also reported that Sherman was expected to meet with the Seahawks' front office and coaching staff to discuss his future. The Eagles already have $10.6 million committed to Zach Ertz in 2018 - and more than $28 million from 2019-2021 - which makes it almost impossible for them to keep Burton unless he's willing to give up several million to stay in a backup role. He had a respectable 2017 season - making his third straight Pro Bowl - with 8.5 sacks and 24 quarterback hits in 16 games, all while dealing with injuries. By trading him before he was owed a $3 million roster bonus on March 18, Seattle also will save $21 million in cash over the remaining three seasons of his extension that he signed in 2016. 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. The draw for Seattle was the fifth-rounder. I love Pete Carroll and John Schneider and you just move forward. So if I am not here, I would never have any hard feelings toward the organization. This is a part of football. After spending most of 2016 on the practice squad, he had five catches for 45 yards in 10 games previous year.

Bennett, a standout at Texas A&M from 2005 to 2008, has been in the league for 10 seasons. Included on that list, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini, was the team Philadelphia defeated in Super Bowl LII - the New England Patriots.