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Trading Michael Bennett makes pass rush an even bigger need for Seahawks

09 March, 2018, 09:54 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Perhaps part of that decision was the Seahawks felt their locker room, particularly their young defensive line room, needed a new leadership voice other than Bennett, who was one of the team's longest-tenured players.

The Seahawks cleared only $2.2 million in 2018 cap space by trading Bennett.

(L-R) Richard Sherman #25, Earl Thomas #29, and Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks look on from the bench near the end of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field on October 30, 2011 in Seattle.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported two days ago the Seahawks planned to keep Thomas.

Sherman has been regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in the National Football League since coming to Seattle as a fifth-round pick out of Stanford in 2011, with many around the team often pointing to the true beginning of the Legion of Boom as the day Sherman moved into the starting lineup in a game against Cincinnati in the seventh week of the 2011 season.

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The 32-year-old has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons, acting as a key cog in the center of the Seahawks' vaunted defense. Foles deserves a chance to start somewhere and the accompanying big payday, and I would argue the additional draft help he can get them is more important to their long-term future than having the best backup quarterback in the game. He only missed two games a year ago and made a sixth Pro Bowl appearance, but he's found himself in trade rumors, as well. His cap hit in 2018 is $6.65 million.

Bennett was one of many pieces that was the heart and soul of the Seahawks' defense and father time count up with him and what the Seahawks are trying to do with their defense.

Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor also mentioned Sherman in an Instagram post Wednesday. And as Rapoport reported, a trade could also happen, though his heath (an Achilles tendon injury ended his 2017 season) might make that hard. The defensive end had 8.5 sacks last season, and would have given the Patriots a boost at pass rusher.

Last season, the Seahawks went 9-7 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Wentz wasn't the only one to weigh in on the addition to their team.

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