The Seattle Seahawks may be preparing to mark the end of their Legion of Boom era, as they traded away one member of their star defense on Wednesday, and reports indicate another could be on the way out next. The Eagles already are ahead of their main NFC competition, including, of course, the Seahawks, who are apparently in the middle of a huge teardown and rebuild.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network created a buzz on Tuesday when he reported that the Seahawks are nearly certain to deal Bennett as they look to "quiet things down" heading into 2018.
This move has also opened up an opportunity for the Eagles to sort out their own dilemma involving veteran defensive end Vinny Curry, who is set to enter the third year of his five-year, $47.2 million deal.
Bennett is set to count $6.65 million against the cap, according to Spotrac, compared to Curry's number of $11 million.
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Bennett is a good player, but he's also been one of the most overrated defensive players in the league over the last few years.
Carroll suggested at his season-ending presser that the non-football issues may have impacted Bennett's play. They could cut him and save $5 million worth of cap space, trade him or - and this is the most unlikely - keep him on a restructured deal.
Not only does this mean Bennett is officially headed to the defending champs.
Bennett first signed with the Seahawks in 2009, after going undrafted.
He told me at the end of last season, on New Year's Eve, "I probably won't be back" with Seattle in 2018.
Although the Seahawks have made the Super Bowl as recently as 2015, it feels like a long time ago for fans and it's possible the window has now shut with the growing age of the once vaunted Legion of Boom.