Perhaps money wasn’t the only reason the Seattle Seahawks traded Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Seahawks for half a peanut, after all.
According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, there were some other issues at play that caused Seattle to be rid of one of its top defensive linemen.
“We’ll have more on the Michael Bennett trade later in the column, but I wanted to address first what the Eagles are getting from the Seahawks: A player who isn’t quite what he was and picked his spots more than he has in the past, according to the three offensive coaches I asked about him. He was also a pain in the ass for the Seattle coaches. The good news? With the depth of the Eagles defensive line, Bennett will be more of a spot player there, and Philly’s locker room, on paper, is a good fit.”
Breer elaborated a bit more, writing, “Defensive end Michael Bennett became, to some degree, a problem for the coaches last year and his play was less consistent with a lower top end at 32.”
Now, Breer mentions Bennett “isn’t quite what he was” and that he was “less consistent,” but let’s be honest, he was hardly unproductive.
Michael Bennett played DE in Seahawks' base, moved inside in sub packages. Had 8.5 sacks last year and 24 QB hits, which ranked 10th in the NFL and was more than anyone on the Eagles had in 2017.
— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) March 7, 2018
On top of that, Bennett is a huge bargain in today’s NFL with a cap hit of just $6.5 million to Philly this year after the trade, being that Seattle absorbed around $2 million making the deal.
We have full confidence that the personalities on the coaching staff and in the locker room of Philadelphia will be just fine handling anything that Bennett brings to the table. The Eagles featured some of the most outspoken players in the league last year but didn’t have any issues within their locker room.
Still, this latest report continues to illustrate that the situation in Seattle was unraveling the past couple of years. And Bennett isn’t the only player who was a problem for the coaches, that’s for sure.