REPORT: Eagles to Trade or Release Michael Bennett

Howie Roseman has a difficult situation on his hands when it comes to their most productive defensive end from last season.


It hasn't been a secret that the Eagles don't really want to keep Michael Bennett at the salary he is due in 2019. They were likely talking to Bennett about restructuring his contract, but early this morning, Bennett made it public that he is not even considering a pay cut. He actually wants a pay raise for this upcoming season.

Obviously with the cap situation tight, that is just not going to work for the Eagles, and both parties will now likely have to go their separate ways. Philly.com's Jeff McLane reported later in the day that the Eagles plan to trade or release Bennett.

The trade news should come as no surprise, as it was previously reported that Howie Roseman was actively shopping Michael Bennett at the combine.

With Bennett still showing great production as he heads into his mid-30s, it should come to no surprise that Roseman has some teams interested in acquiring him. ESPN's Tim McManus reported that the Eagles are engaged in trade discussions.

The news of Bennett wanting a pay raise might damper some of the trade talks, but we will have to wait and see what develops from here. Clearly with Free Agency starting this upcoming Wednesday, Roseman will want this situation with Bennett dealt with before then so he frees up more cap space.

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