Eagles to trade Michael Bennett to Patriots; Martellus Bennett wants reunion

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Ansah's career has had plenty of ups-and-downs, as he has twice notched double-digit sacks - but those two seasons have been sandwiched by a year with two sacks and another with just four. He was apart of the "legion of boom" in Seattle and lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

Philadelphia has discussed trading Bennett with other teams, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, which cited multiple National Football League sources.

He was acquired from the Seahawks in exchange for a fifth-round pick past year and ultimately became one of the Eagles' most productive defensive players, accumulating nine sacks and 78 total quarterback pressures.

Here are six pass rushers the Eagles could sign to help ease the loss of Michael Bennett. He is scheduled to earn a base salary of $6.2 million in 2019 with a $1 million roster bonus.

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With that production still there, and with future paydays dwindling given his age, it's no surprise that Bennett has been vocal about wanting a raise before the start of the 2019 season. "Whatever team I go to, I want to get paid more than I do now". After being released by New England, the veteran tight end chose to retire in March 2018.

Now you would expect that the Patriots would have to give up to get such a great player right?

So add it all up, and it has the potential of a good value move for the Patriots, assuming the outspoken Bennett buys in to the Patriots' culture like his brother Martellus did in 2016, and continues to be a disruptive presence on the field. The likelihood of Flowers remaining a Patriot just slimmed down tremendously.

The trade news comes after the Patriots opted not to place their franchise tag on free agent defensive end Trey Flowers. The Buccaneers, Seahawks and Eagles have primarily been 4-3 units, and seldom altered their looks - or what techniques they asked their linemen to execute - as frequently as New England does.