Well the New England Patriots didn't wait long to make a splash.
The Philadelphia Eagles made one of the biggest moves of the offseason so far, trading Michael Bennett to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. That's the core principle of a dynasty that is now pushing toward a 20-year run, and if the Patriots call with a trade offer the other 31 teams should automatically be questioning their own evaluation of that player.
Bennett, a three-time Pro Bowler (2015-17), who has already won a Super Bowl ring with Seattle, is being traded for the second straight March, having been deemed too expensive for Philadelphia to keep.
Bennett is aging (33, 34 in November), but still productive (nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss in 2018) and he presumably would like to win another Super Bowl.
With that being said, it looks like Bennett's first year with the Eagles will end up being his only one after the team announced on Friday their plans to send the veteran to the New England Patriots. He retired at the end of the season.
The Eagles will get a 5th-round pick in 2020.
Now there is some bad news to come from this deal. Flowers would be a ideal combination of youth and proven production, as at 25-years old he still has plenty of room to improve - but he could also be counted on to come in and make an immediate impact. The kind of player they would be pursuing in free agency anyway. It seems like Bennett is Flowers replacement.
The problem, of course, is that Schiano is New England's new defensive coordinator.
Bennett and Flowers would be an awesome duo.