The Seattle Seahawks have been publicly planning retooling their team by trading away top defensive players like Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Michael Bennett. They moved on from their offensive and defensive coordinators, so it makes sense to move on from expensive players to give young players a shot.
With all these players on the trade block, it was only a matter of time until the Dan Quinn connection emerged. ESPN’s Vaughn McClure said a few days ago that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Falcons consider the trade. Today, he reports those discussions are occurring.
Source tells me the Falcons are one of multiple teams discussing a Michael Bennett trade with the Seahawks. Nothing imminent but will be interesting to see how it all unfolds. https://t.co/IcvdmTZSlE— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 5, 2018
This would be a big move for the Falcons, who are already planning on losing Adrian Clayborn to free agency. Bennett is a defensive end that can push inside and make plays both in the run and pass game. Last season, he put up 8.5 sacks and 1 interception. With Clayborn expected to cost well above $9 million per year, Bennett looks like a bargain in comparison.
On the negative side, Bennett will be 33 in November, and has a pretty well deserved reputation as a dirty player. He’s even had some dirty plays against Atlanta, which makes it tough to be a big fan of him.
“You have an incredibly dirty situation with a guy diving at the back of the knees of a player not even facing Michael Bennett. This is eerily similar to what Gronk & Mike Evans did. Both got suspended, how is Bennett any different?"— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) December 14, 2017
With the younger and more accomplished Robert Quinn only costing a 4th round pick, Bennett should cost very little, such as a late 5th or even a 6th round selection. It’s pretty clear Seattle plans to move on, and Bennett could be a cost-effective way to bump up Atlanta’s pass rush.