By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New England Patriots have a proposed deal to acquire defensive end Michael Bennett. The Patriots are receiving Bennett and a 2020 seventh-round pick from the Eagles.
In exchange, the Eagles are receiving a 2020 fifth-round draft pick.
The Eagles found a trade partner just hours after the franchise made it clear that they would either trade or release Bennett.Embed from Getty Images
The Eagles trade Bennett away one year after acquiring him in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots now have an out in his contract.
New England can release Bennett and face no dead cap ramifications. He has zero dead cap space if he’s released.
If he does get released, it would receive $26.1 million over three-years. Two of the years were covered by the Seahawks and last season with the Eagles.
Should the Patriots elect to keep Bennett — as they are expected to lose Tre Flowers in free agency — is slated to make $6.2 million in base salary in 2019. He is also owed a $1 million roster bonus, as well.
New England would also be responsible for a $7 million salary in 2020. He also has a $1 million roster bonus, as well, for that season.
The 33-year-old Avondale, Louisiana native will be playing for his fourth NFL franchise. Besides playing for the Eagles, he also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks.
In his only season in Philadelphia, he appeared in 16 games with 10 starts. He had 34 tackles, including 15 tackles for a loss, and 30 quarterback hits.
He also had 9.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one pass deflection.
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