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Michael Bennett knows why Eagles can repeat as Super Bowl champions

Michael Bennett knows why Eagles can repeat as Super Bowl champions

Michael Bennett was with the Seahawks when they won the Super Bowl in 2013, and he was with the Seahawks the next three years when they were supposed to but never did again.

He knows how hard it is to win it twice. If the Seahawks, with Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Marshawn Lynch and company, couldn’t do it, who can?

Bennett thinks his new team is on the right track.

“They’re not complacent,” he said. “You look at most organizations. They win, they think that’s it, that year. But this team is pushing and moving pieces and finding our weaknesses and making them better, and I think that’s how you prepare to win [again]. 

“I think they’ve done a great job of it and me being an addition is something that I think is a great move.”

The Eagles, who won Super Bowl LII six weeks ago, acquired the 32-year-old Bennett, a Pro Bowl defensive end in each of the last three years, and a seventh-round pick from the Seahawks last week in exchange for receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick.

Bennett was there in 2014, when the Seahawks went 12-4 and earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff bracket before losing, 28-24, to the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona.

The Seahawks were one yard from winning. But that final sequence shows just how hard it is to repeat. The last NFL team to win back-to-back Super Bowls was the Patriots in 2003 and 2004. The last NFC team was the Cowboys in 1992 and 1993.

“When you come to the NFL, you want to hold that Lombardi,” Bennett said. “A lot of people can get Pro Bowls, a lot of people can get a lot of different things in the NFL when it comes to contracts, but not a lot of people can hold that Lombardi, and when you hold it, it’s something that’s very dear. 

“It’s like you’re holding your child and being able to caress it and hold it and it’s yours and it’s something that you really value, and I think for me, that’s what it’s really about. 

“To come into an organization and you look around and everybody wants that. First thing I talked to Howie (Roseman) about was, the first thing he said is, 'I want to go back,' and when you hear somebody say something like that, you feel it, and I felt it through the phone and I felt the vibe, so for me, that’s what it’s really about.”

Bennett was asked what he learned from Seattle’s failure to repeat its 2013 success and how that might help the Eagles find their way to a second consecutive championship.

“I kind of go with the Nelson Mandela approach: ‘You never really lose, you either win or you grow from situations,’" Bennett said.

“And I think we were just growing as a team. We were a young team, we were having so much success, I was on a team full of superstars every single day. There were never enough cameras, every commercial was somebody on my team. So it was just us growing and I think we all just wanted to continue to grow. 

“As you know, in this league, it’s hard to get back to those moments and be able to win those games. Things happen, people get traded, new players come in, things change. I don’t think it took a toll on us, we just move on season to season and try to be the best players we could possibly be.”

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? 

Malcolm Jenkins' burning question for Michael Bennett

Malcolm Jenkins' burning question for Michael Bennett

Eagles safety and defensive leader Malcolm Jenkins has a message for Michael Bennett. He also has a question.

"Now we can finally figure out the greatest mystery in football and that's where you get them super small shoulder pads from," Jenkins said in a message to Bennett via Uninterrupted.

For years, NFL players have joked about Bennett's shoulder pads, which are pretty much nonexistent. The picture above is an example.​

Bennett wears the ultra-thin shoulder pads — made for a kicker — because he feels they add flexibility and speed to his pass rush.

"I just like the smaller ones because it makes sure I use my hands and makes it so I can stretch my arms out all the way," Bennett told SB Nation last season. "It helps pass rushers, but I don't think it really matters too much because I know how to use my hands. It makes me make sure I use my hands and not throw my shoulder in there."

Attire aside, Jenkins is happy to have another Pro Bowler with a championship pedigree on the Eagles' defense.

"For real, we can't wait to have you bro, three-time Pro Bowler, Super Bowl champion and you love your community," Jenkins said. "So you'll fit right in with this team, fit right in with this city. Can't wait 'til you get here."