Will Michael Bennett return to the Philadelphia Eagles next season? It’s unclear, but the ball is in Philly’s court.
The offseason trade for Michael Bennett has been Howie Roseman’s best move in 2018. There’s no other way to put it, Bennett has been an absolute steal in that trade. Because while the Eagles defensive line has taken a few steps back this year, Bennett was never one to be slept on. While the defensive line has struggled a bit, Bennett leads the Eagles defense in sacks with eight total.
There haven’t been many bright spots for the Eagles this year, but nobody could possibly complain about Bennett. Many thought that the veteran defensive end wouldn’t really warm up to the Eagles since he gained a bit of a bad rep in Seattle, but those doubters were completely wrong. Bennett loves the city of Philly, their fans, and the Eagles organization.
Bennett has plans to play a few more years in the NFL, but he isn’t exactly sure if he will be in Philly for the rest of his time in the league, despite falling in love with the city. The Eagles could save money by letting Bennett walk next year, as there is a potential out on his contract that takes place in 2019. Will they allow for that to happen though?
Should the Eagles bring back Michael Bennett?
"“Next year is gonna be even better. I don’t know if I’m going to be here next year, but if I am here and get the opportunity to keep working with Fletch and some of the other guys is a blessing.”“I’ve embraced this city,” he added, “I love Philly. I love the organization. I love the fans here, I think the fans like me here. It’s becoming my own now. I’m excited about the possibilities.”"
We can’t predict what the Eagles are going to do regarding Bennett moving forward, but we do think that Bennett should be on the Eagles as long as he is playing at the high level he is right now. Next season, the Eagles could lose Brandon Graham and Chris Long. Without those two, the defensive line doesn’t look nearly as productive without any offseason acquisitions or drafted rookies.
With Bennett becoming a likeable locker room personality and a leader, the Eagles need to seriously consider bringing him back for the next two seasons. If Bennett is willing to come back and play in Philly, then why not let him? The Eagles are going to need veteran help next season, and Bennett has proven to be the most productive full-time defensive end on the team this year.