1. Who knows why Michael Bennett isn’t still here.
Who knows what Philly was thinking with this one. Sure, there were so many narratives surrounding Michael Bennett during his tenure with ‘The Birds’ that it would make someone’s head spin, but no one can deny what he did for this team. Their decision to trade him tops this list for two reasons.
First, they haven’t been able to equal his production since he’s been gone, and second, he figures to create more issues for them later. Bennett will visit Philadelphia in Week 16 as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, and it’s not like Philly fared well in the initial meeting these two rivals had when he wasn’t even present.
On March 7th of 2018, the Seattle Seahawks agreed to trade Bennett and a seventh-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Eagles in exchange for wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round draft selection.
Bennett’s stat line for 2018 was impressive as he racked up 34 total tackles. 25 of those were solo and 15 resulted in a loss of yardage. He also finished second on the team in sacks with nine. Only Fletcher Cox had more (10.5).
When he wasn’t bringing quarterbacks down, he was harassing them as he added another 30 knockdowns and two forced fumbles to an already impressive resume, but just as quickly as Bennett swooped into Philly (pun intended), he was gone.
On March 14th of 2019, the Eagles traded him and a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round pick. In hindsight, it seems like they could have found someone to give them a pick that was higher (at least a fourth-rounder). Then there’s the other thing.
Why would you run the risk of making the Patriots even stronger than they already are? Yes, ladies and gentlemen. The Michael Bennett trade was the worst of the Doug Pederson coaching era, and to be honest, that’s saying a lot.