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Michael Bennett | Defensive Lineman

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 274
College: Texas A&M
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Eagles DE Michael Bennett has been indicted on a felony charge of injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman at Super Bowl 51.
The 66-year-old woman was working at Houston's NRG Stadium trying to control access to the field. A warrant in the state of Texas has been issued for Bennett's arrest. Then a member of the Seahawks, Bennett attended the Super Bowl to watch his brother Martellus. Michael was accused of shoving his way onto the field after the woman told him to use a different entrance. Bennett faces a penalty of up to 10 years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine. Mar 23 - 3:02 PM

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Eagles DL Michael Bennett has agreed to a contract restructure.

Often teams restructure deals to create cap space but Bennett's cap number will actually rise from $5.65 million to $7.375 million. He'll receive a $1.725 million signing bonus from Philadelphia and can earn up to $4 million in incentives. With Bennett getting more of his money up front, the Eagles can potentially move on from him next year with minimal cap ramifications.
Mar 14 - 9:40 AM

Eagles acquired DL Michael Bennett and a 2018 seventh-round pick from the Seahawks in exchange for WR Marcus Johnson and a 2018 fifth-round pick.

The rich get richer. Eagles EVP Howie Roseman may be the most aggressive decision-maker in the biz, and he adds Bennett to an already-loaded defensive line. The Seahawks were dangling Bennett to, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, "quiet things down a little bit" and clear cap space. Bennett has long been outspoken on social issues, something the Eagles aren't afraid of in the least bit, considering they employ Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, and Torrey Smith. And still won the Super Bowl. How about that? Bennett is 32 but remains an absolute asset. He and Fletcher Cox will likely man the interior on passing downs, with Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett coming off the edges. Fellow DLs Timmy Jernigan and Chris Long are also in the mix. Good luck to opposing offensive linemen. This likely spells the end for DE Vinny Curry in Philly.
Mar 7 - 2:27 PM

ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports the Falcons are "one of multiple teams" discussing a trade for Seahawks DE Michael Bennett.

Rumors about Bennett being traded have been starting to gain steam as of late. McClure didn't seem overly confident yet in the Falcons’ chances of striking a deal, saying "nothing is imminent." The Falcons could be a good fit for Bennett, who played under coach Dan Quinn in Seattle in 2013 and 2014.
Mar 4 - 8:33 PM

ESPN Boston doesn't consider the Patriots a landing spot for Michael Bennett.

Bennett has been drawing some trade buzz at the Combine. Despite some dot-connecting, he doesn't look like a fit for a Patriots team trying to get younger on defense. Owed $26 million over the next three years, the Seahawks may be forced to be cut Bennett.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 3 - 4:56 PM

ESPN's Brady Henderson reports the Seahawks are "shopping" Michael Bennett.

The Seahawks have already telegraphed they're planning to cut Bennett, so it could be hard to land trade compensation. Bennett himself has said he expects to be released. What's clear is that he will not be back in Seattle in 2018.
Mar 1 - 6:15 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was evasive when asked about Michael Bennett on Thursday.

"I haven’t talked to Mike in a while now," Carroll said when asked if Bennett was a candidate for release. "But it’s the time of year, conversations going in all directions." All signs continue to point toward Bennett being cut. The move would create $5.65 million in savings and leave behind $1.725 million in dead money were Bennett to be designated a post-June 1 release.
Mar 1 - 5:21 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll didn't mention Michael Bennett when discussing his 2018 defensive line on Tuesday.

Carroll found time to rave about Dion Jordan — who played 135 snaps in 2017 — but not Bennett. Following Sunday's season-ending loss, Bennett himself said he did not expect to be back in 2018. Now 32, Bennett tallied 8.5 sacks while remaining an every-down player in 2017, but battled through a number of injuries. The Seahawks would clear just $2.025 million in cap space by cutting Bennett, but perhaps they are ready to move on regardless.
Jan 2 - 2:31 PM

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett expects to be released this offseason.

32-year-old Bennett has three seasons remaining on the "four-year, $39 million" extension he signed last December, but believes the writing is on the wall. "Just seems like it's a young man's game," Bennett said. "I can see them going younger, with younger players. That's part of the game." Playing through plantar fasciitis for much of the season, Bennett still managed to record 8.5 sacks. He remained an every-down player. The Seahawks would save just $2.025 million against the cap by cutting Bennett loose. It's quite possible, if not probable, he's brought back for one more year.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 10:28:00 PM

Michael Bennett is expected to play through his foot injury against the Giants.

Bennett is dealing with plantar fasciitis, which is a lingering injury that only gets better with rest. Bennett played through the issue in Week 5, finishing the Seahawks' win over the Rams. Bennett's practice time figures to be limited for the foreseeable future, but he should be out there on Sundays.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 03:50:00 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said DE Michael Bennett is dealing with a "plantar fasciitis injury."

"He is really sore today," Carroll said. "But he was able to finish the game and did a fantastic job to help us down the stretch." The fact Bennett was able to finish the game is a good sign, and Seattle is on bye this week. Bennett should be good to go after the off week.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 09:19:00 AM

Seahawks signed DE MIchael Bennett to a three-year, $31.5 million extension through 2020.

Bennett had one year left on his deal in 2017 and was set to count $9.5 million against the cap. This deal likely lowers that number on top of making Bennett happy after he seems to cause a stir almost every offseason in regards to his contract. Bennett just turned 31 last month, so this could be the last deal of his career. He's currently PFF's 6th-ranked 4-3 end and No. 1 versus the run.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 12:05:00 PM

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is not listed on the Week 16 injury report.

Bennett missed Wednesday's practice with a neck injury, but he practiced in full on Friday and will start against the Cardinals' weakened offensive line.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:19:00 PM

Michael Bennett (neck) didn't practice on Wednesday.

The Seahawks don't seem overly concerned about his status but it's something to watch for with Seattle playing on a short week. Bennett has been one of the better edge players in football when healthy this year. He holds PFF's sixth-highest grade among 4-3 defensive ends.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 07:43:00 PM

Michael Bennett (neck) is expected to be "fine" for Week 16.

Bennett tweaked his neck late in last Thursday's win over the Rams, but is no worse for the wear. Bennett will be one of the Seahawks' most important players down the stretch and into the postseason.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 03:41:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
DE1Brandon Graham
2Michael Bennett
3Derek Barnett
4Chris Long
DT1Fletcher Cox
2Timmy Jernigan
3Haloti Ngata
4Destiny Vaeao
5Elijah Qualls
MLB1Jordan Hicks
2Joe Walker
WLB1Nigel Bradham
2Corey Nelson
3Nate Gerry
SLB1Mychal Kendricks
2Kamu Grugier-Hill
CB1Ronald Darby
2Jalen Mills
3Rasul Douglas
4Sidney Jones
5Randall Goforth
FS1Rodney McLeod
2Chris Maragos
SS1Malcolm Jenkins
2Tre Sullivan
P1Cam Johnston