9 thoughts on Eagles' blockbuster trade for Michael Bennett

9 thoughts on Eagles' blockbuster trade for Michael Bennett

The Eagles were overwhelmingly declared victorious in the trade for Michael Bennett, reportedly sending a fifth-round pick and Marcus Johnson to the Seahawks for the Pro Bowl defensive end and a seventh-round pick (see story). More details on the brilliant move here.

1. You can’t argue the cost. The Eagles are low on picks in the upcoming draft, but fifth-rounders rarely pan out. Johnson was on the roster bubble to begin with. They gave up next to nothing for a player who is coming off his third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance.

2. Bennett finished tied for 25th in the NFL with 8½ sacks in 2017, yet was more disruptive than his ranking might indicate. Just 15 players recorded better than his 14 tackles for loss, and he cracked the top 10 with 24 quarterback hits. The only other players with at least as many sacks, tackles for loss and quarterback hits: Calais Campbell, Aaron Donald, Chandler Jones, Cameron Jordan, Demarcus Lawrence and Melvin Ingram.

3. There is minimal risk. Oh, there are a number of ways in which this trade could backfire. Bennett turns 33 in November, and he’s a character, to say the least. Worst case scenario: his performance declines or he wears out his welcome, and the Eagles move on after 2018. Technically, Bennett is under contract through 2020, but the club isn’t on the hook for any guaranteed money.

4. As far as the notion of Bennett’s decline is concerned, the trade could wind up extending his career instead.

5. Beyond this season, Bennett is signed at a seemingly reasonable base salary of $6 million for 2019. However, with no guaranteed money over the final two years of the deal, the outspoken pass rusher might be inclined to make some noise about his contract next offseason.

6. Swapping Vinny Curry for Bennett will provide some cap relief — assuming that’s what happens here — but the savings are actually mild. While Bennett’s salary for ‘18 is $1.65 million, he’s due $4 million in the form of a roster bonus on March 18, plus can earn an additional $1 million through per game bonuses. Add it up, and the cap hit is between $5.65 and $6.65 million — let’s call it $6 million. If Curry is released with the post-June 1 designation, the Eagles will create $9 million in savings. The net difference is $3 million, give or take. That’s not an insignificant amount, but it’s no game-changer, either.

7. Despite some lean years, everybody can agree Curry is a quality player, and though he turns 30 in June, his best may be yet to come (more on him here). Bennett is simply cheaper and better.

8. Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman is running circles around other GMs.

9. It can be dangerous to make sweeping assertions about a team’s plan based on one transaction, but acquiring Bennett suggests the Eagles will do everything in their power to repeat as Super Bowl champions. With Brandon Graham, Chris Long and Derek Barnett already at defensive end, nobody would’ve faulted the front office for going with a far cheaper solution. Instead, the Eagles found an upgrade and still managed to save a few bucks. They’re really going for it.

Fan injured by Phillie Phanatic's hot dog cannon during game

Fan injured by Phillie Phanatic's hot dog cannon during game

This is taking food delivery a bit too far.

A woman suffered facial injuries when the Phillie Phanatic fired a hot dog into the crowd with his cannon during Monday night’s game at Citizens Bank Park.

“And then the next thing I know he shot it in our direction, and bam! It hit me like a ton of bricks. My glasses flew,” Kathy McVay, a Plymouth Meeting resident, originally told 6 ABC’s Sarah Bloomquist about the incident.

McVay said she went to a hospital and underwent a CAT scan to make sure that she didn't suffer a concussion.

“I have a small hematoma in my eye,” McVay said. “And mostly, it's going to get worse before it gets better. It's going to go down the side of my face.”

Per the report, the Phillies did reach out to McVay to apologize and “the Phanatic feels terrible about what happened” (although we’re not exactly sure how he explained that sentiment).

To her credit, McVay understands the ridiculous nature of her injury and is taking it all in stride.

"When I tell my brothers, they started laughing," she said to NBC10. "It's funny, it's a story I can tell people. My only thing is just to warn people just to be careful. Because you would think you'd get hit by a baseball instead of a flying hot dog."

Now that people know she’s OK, McVay can bank on people getting a decent laugh out of this one.

Rocky and Adonis return to Philadelphia in new Creed II trailer


Rocky and Adonis return to Philadelphia in new Creed II trailer

The latest chapter in the Rocky Balboa saga is coming to theatres this Thanksgiving and the trailer for it dropped this morning.

Creed II picks up with Michael B. Jordan reprising his role as Apollo Creed's son, Adonis, coming to grips with fighting someone with the last name Drago — clearly a flashback to his father getting killed in the ring at the hands of Russian Ivan Drago.

Sly Stallone returns as the old and wise Rocky Balboa, dropping knowledge bombs instead of left hooks.

At least part of the movie takes place in Philadelphia, with a skyline shot showing up in the trailer. The first Creed movie had plenty of Philly flavor, so we're hoping we'll get a bit more in the sequel.