DEVELOPING: Pats working on trade for DE Bennett

Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

The Eagles would receive a fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft and send Michael Bennett and a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Patriots, a league source told Schefter.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer first reported the news.

Bennett finished last season with nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss and 56 quarterback hurries. He has 63 sacks over his 10-year career. However, none of that salary is guaranteed, so if the Eagles do not want to give him a raise, they may elect to either cut or trade him instead to simply wipe his salary from the books.

He is scheduled to earn $6.2 million in base salary next season with an additional $1 million available in per-game roster bonuses. He is an incredibly versatile player who can play in any spot along the defensive line, and is equally adept at defending both the run and the pass.

Earlier Friday, Bennett appeared on NFL Network, knowing his time with the Eagles would soon be over. It still seems like a smart addition for New England, which has an uncanny sense of when they can get another valuable year or two out of a veteran who is nearing the end. Flowers led the Patriots with 45 pressures. The move will likely fill the void that will be left by the departing Trey Flowers, who will now be allowed to test the free agent market.

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It doesn't look like Michael Bennett is going to play another down with the Eagles.

On March 1st, the Eagles signed Brandon Graham to a three-year contract extension worth $40 million.

The problem is, of course, Bennett was their best defensive end last season and his production won't be easy to match.

Bennett still faces a charge of felony injury to the elderly after he allegedly shoved his way onto the field to celebrate the Patriots' - and his brother's - Super Bowl LI win.

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