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Falcons eying Seahawks DE Michael Bennett

The Seahawks could be starting over from scratch on the defensive line, with their main cogs all being free agents (Sheldon Richardson), hurt (Cliff Avril - neck) or apparently tradable (Bennett.)


Kahron Spearman


The Seattle Seahawks are shopping Pro Bowl defensive lineman Michael Bennett in trade talks, per multiple sources. It would appear that they have at least one potential suitor: the Atlanta Falcons. 

Vaughn McClure of ESPN says the talks are exploratory for now.

The 32-year-old was second on the team with 8 sacks in 2017, he doesn't have much belief he'd be back after the Seahawks' final game, telling The News Tribune that he "probably won't be back next year."

Source tells me the Falcons are one of the multiple teams discussing a Michael Bennett trade with the Seahawks. Nothing imminent but will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.

Vaughn McClure
Staff Writer, ESPN

Bennett, should he be retained, would count roughly $7.4 million against Seattle's salary cap next season. If they trade or cut him before June 1, the Seahawks would save about $2.2 million against the 2018 salary cap while incurring around $5.2 million in dead money charges. Bennett is owed a $3 million roster bonus that Seattle would like to avoid.

A move to Atlanta would essentially be a one-year deal from a motivated player, where regardless of his season, they could cut him with limited monies in dead cap if a favorable extension can't be found.

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