The Eagles appear ready to part ways with veteran defensive end Michael Bennett.
Philadelphia has discussed trading Bennett with other teams, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, which cited multiple NFL sources. But there is still the possibility that the Eagles will release him before free agency begins next week in lieu of a deal as there’s some speculation the Eagles won’t receive much in a trade, the report adds.
The Inquirer suggests the decision to move on from the three-time Pro Bowl player was sparked because the outspoken Bennett has made it clear he doesn’t want to come off the bench.
Bennett, 33, who is scheduled to make $7.2 million in 2019, appeared Friday on NFL Network and addressed the trade rumors, while reiterating he isn’t willing to make adjustments to his contract to remain with the Eagles.
“I’m not willing to take a pay cut,” Bennett said. “I actually want a pay raise at this point, and so just to know that whatever team I go to, I want to be paid more than I’m getting paid now.”
Prior to his one season with the Eagles, which he finished with nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles, Bennett played six seasons with the Seahawks and four years with the Buccaneers.