The Seahawks made waves earlier today by trading star defensive end Michael Bennett to the Eagles for two draft picks and a WR Marcus Johnson.
The Seahawks' haul for Bennett wasn't expected to be huge but the Eagles' offer was relatively weak.
The team reportedly had a more attractive offer on the table.
Let's try this again... @RapSheet said with @IanFurnessSea the Patriots offered a 3rd round pick for Michael Bennett and a 5th round pick. The Seahawks went forward with the Philly deal because the NE deal came in late and Seattle would have looked horrible to go back on Philly.— Jackson Felts (@JacksonKJR) March 7, 2018
A deal with the Patriots essentially would've given Seattle a third rounder instead of a seventh rounder but since it came in after the Seahawks agreed to a deal with the Eagles, Seattle stuck with Philly's package.
Going back on the deal with the Eagles would have been a bad look for Seattle. While New England probably would've understood, the rest of the league would likely hesitate to trade with the Seahawks in the future.
BREAKING: The Seattle Seahawks have traded Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles for half of a Philly Cheese Steak and a soft drink to be named later— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) March 7, 2018
Agreeing to the deal with New England would've put Seattle in a much better position short term, but the team understandably couldn't risk its reputation for what amounts to a higher draft pick.