Michael Bennett heard the reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are shopping him in potential trades.
Bennett understands it’s all part of the business.
“Well, I don’t know what’s happening with the Eagles,” he said. “Of course you always want to be with the team that you play with. At the same time, we all know it’s a business, and we want to be able to make money whenever you get the opportunities. And I feel like if you’re on the trading block, it’s just a part of the game.
“But at the same time, I still know that I’m one of the best players in the NFL. You look at statistically last year, quarterback hits, TFLs, and with how I approach the game I love football and whatever team I’m on, I’m going to take that same attitude and go out there and be a nasty player and try to dominate on the defensive line and be the best teammate and the best player that I can possibly be.”
"We're in a tough situation as far as the salary cap and I'm not willing to take a pay cut. I actually want a pay raise."
As we know, Michael Bennett is on the trade block and it seems likely that he wants to be moved to earn more money elsewhere
— Eagles Nation (@PHLEaglesNation) March 8, 2019
Bennett told GMFB he’s not interested in a pay cut, but rather is seeking a potential raise.
“You’re always caught off guard whenever your name is brought up in the trade blocks, or being traded, but you understand that people want to acquire your services and we’re in a tough situation as far as the salary cap,” Bennett said when asked how the trade discussions affected him this offseason. “But I’m not willing to take a pay cut. I actually want a pay raise at this point, and so whatever happens just to know that whatever team I go to I want to get paid more than I get paid right now.”
Bennett is scheduled to make $7.2 million in 2019.
The Eagles could wipe the entire salary off the books by moving on from the 33-year-old pass rusher.
The Eagles currently sit at $17.8 million in salary cap space, per Over The Cap.
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