The Seattle Seahawks have been in the news during the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine for a few different reasons, but the most common reason is related to trade rumors. While various reports and rumors have had the team trading different players, one name has stood out among the rest, and that would be 32-year-old pass rusher Michael Bennett, according to ESPN’s Brady Henderson.
If the Seahawks do opt to trade Bennett, who has made three Pro Bowls and 54 career sacks, these three teams could wind up as potential trade partners.
The Colts have plenty of cap space currently and there’s absolutely no question that they need to bolster their pass rush. This is a team who finished with the second-fewest sacks last season (25) and are expected to address the positional need in a big way this offseason. The Colts have been linked by some to the 2018 NFL Draft’s top pass-rusher Bradley Chubb out of NC State as well.
While Chubb would be an excellent pick and has a very bright future, trading for Bennett as well could immediately turn this pass rush around. On the flip side, if the team opted just to trade for Bennett, they could look to address one of the other various needs on the roster with the No. 3 overall pick.
The Falcons are set to lose Adrian Clayborn, who led the team in sacks in 2017 with 9.5 to free agency. While there’s no question that they have quite a few players on the defensive side of the ball who are capable of getting to the quarterback, the addition of an elite pass-rusher such as Bennett could help put this defense over the top.
While there are a few question marks at various positions on the roster, the Falcons absolutely need to address their pass rush, assuming Clayborn isn’t brought back. The main issue here could be Bennett’s contract, as the Falcons have just over $14.6 million in cap space available currently, according to Over The Cap.
Time will tell, but if the Falcons want to make this happen and can free up a bit of cap space, then this could be a match made in heaven.
The Raiders would need to clear up some cap space in order to make this happen, but they have plenty of team-friendly contracts that would allow it. Obviously, it would start with making some big calls on veteran players such as Michael Crabtree and Marshawn Lynch, but the money could certainly be there.
The real selling point here for getting Bennett to the Raiders is the idea of him playing alongside superstar Khalil Mack. The Raiders are likely going to address their need of a pass-rusher in the draft or free agency, but landing a player who had 8.5 sacks last season could be an ideal option instead.
If the Raiders could manage to trade for Bennett, it would allow them to focus on other areas early in the draft and potentially grab a young pass rusher or two in the mid-to-late rounds.