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Michael Bennett's strong message to NFC East QBs

Michael Bennett's strong message to NFC East QBs

It wasn't quite a WWE throwdown message, but Michael Bennett definitely put NFC East quarterbacks on notice during his introductory press conference at the NovaCare Complex on Monday afternoon.

He's coming for them.

And so are the rest of his defensive line teammates.

"I know Eli Manning is probably watching this and thinking, like, yes I'm coming," said Bennett, whom the Eagles acquired in a trade with the Seahawks. "I know Dak (Prescott) is watching this like, 'Yeah, he's coming.' Yeah, I am.

"And Alex Smith, he knows he can't run from me. I told him at the Pro Bowl. So it's definitely going to be a great season and it's going to be fun to chase quarterbacks. I just know third down it's just going to be ... and second down and first down, it's just going to be fun."

When Bennett, 32, named all three of the starting quarterbacks from the NFC East, he was actually answering a question about comparing the defensive schemes from Seattle and Philadelphia. Bennett began by saying that he played with some great players in Seattle, before saying he doesn't think there's a tight end in the NFL that can block him.

From there, he started to name the QBs.

Manning in New York. Prescott in Dallas. And recently-acquired Smith in Washington. They'll all be seeing Bennett twice this season.

Bennett is basically replacing Vinny Curry on the Eagles' defensive line, and Haloti Ngata is basically replacing Beau Allen. While Curry and Allen are younger, many think Bennett and Ngata are improvements in the short-term, which means the strength of the Eagles' defense from 2017 is even stronger in 2018.

While Curry had just three sacks in 2017 and has gone over the four-sack mark just once in his six-year career, Bennett has had at least five sacks in all of those last six seasons. Bennett has 48 sacks since 2012 and has been a Pro Bowler in each of his last three seasons.

While there was a report that surfaced saying Seattle was trying to part ways with socially active players, Bennett said he didn't give it much credence. His relationship with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll goes beyond football and he knows Seattle was just trying to unload him to get something back in return; it's part of the business.

It seems likely that in Philly, Bennett will get a chance to play both inside and outside. His versatility was used in a similar fashion in Seattle, but he also played a ton of snaps, which he won't have to do in the Eagles' rotation. It should keep him fresh.

And it will probably keep opposing quarterbacks up at night.

Cowboys eyeing blockbuster trade for Seahawks' Earl Thomas

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Cowboys eyeing blockbuster trade for Seahawks' Earl Thomas

Now that free agency has begun to settle down, let's take a quick look around the NFC East.

The Eagles have bolstered their Super Bowl-winning roster.

The Giants are ... trying?

The Redskins traded for who they think is their franchise QB.

And the Cowboys ... well, they haven't really done anything at all. They franchise-tagged budding star DE DeMarcus Lawrence and that's about it.

But that could change very quickly, as the Cowboys have shown interest in trading for arguably the best safety in the league, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

Just about every team would love to have Earl Thomas — 28 years old and a three-time All-Pro — who the Eagles infamously passed on in favor of Brandon Graham. (Can we put that argument to rest already?)

But the Cowboys may have the assets to actually pull off the trade, adding one of the game's greats to a defense in desperate need of a playmaker on the back end.

The Cowboys currently own 10 picks in the upcoming draft and with the draft being held in Dallas, the team could be looking to make a splash.

It appears the interest is mutual, too.

After the Seahawks topped the Cowboys in Dallas last season, Thomas told Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, "If you have a chance to get me, come get me."

The Seahawks' fire sale has already claimed Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett on the defensive side, while Kam Chancellor's future is uncertain while he deals with a neck injury. 

Would a full season of Ezekiel Elliott and a retooled secondary led by Thomas be enough to compete with the Eagles for the NFC East crown? 

Jerry Jones is miserable and it's hilarious

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Jerry Jones is miserable and it's hilarious

Just when you thought you couldn't possibly enjoy this Eagles' Super Bowl victory any more, do you have any idea how miserable it's making Cowboys owner Jerry Jones?

The answer: Really miserable. 

“The muffled voice you have been hearing is me screaming in my pillow over not being here and seeing Philadelphia,” Jones said last Saturday at NFL Honors to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

That reaction was actually before the Eagles pulled off the upset 41-33 win over the Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium, so it doesn't seem likely that Jones is over this just yet. 

Eagles wideout Torrey Smith's reaction to Jones' quote is probably pretty similar to most Eagles fans: 

The Cowboys have not won a Super Bowl since the 1995 season. They have one playoff win in the last eight seasons. Despite finishing with a 13-3 record last year, they were bounced in the divisional round and failed to get to the playoffs this year. 

“Did I look comfortable this year around the NFL?” Jones said to the Star-Telegram. “I’m just as uncomfortable about this. I really do naturally look to change. I really do look to change.”

The good news for Jones is his beautiful AT&T Stadium will play host to the NFL Draft this spring. The bad news for him is that when the Eagles are on the clock with the 32nd pick, they'll be introduced as Super Bowl champions.