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Report: Browns were one of many teams in the running for DE Michael Bennett

Add another one to the list of ‘could have been.’

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Smith. Robert Quinn. Chris Ivory. Vontae Davis. Frank Gore. And now, Michael Bennett. What do they all have in common? Big names who the Cleveland Browns reportedly showed interest in, either via a trade or as a free agent, but without a deal coming to fruition.

According to Dianna Russini of ESPN, the Browns were among the many teams who were “in the running” for acquiring Bennett from the Seahawks.

And here are the reported terms that the trade involves, sending Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bennett is 32 years old, but his cap hit over the next three years is pretty small -- between $6.65 and $8.5 million per year through 2020. It just seems surprising to see him traded for peanuts. Seattle does also get WR Marcus Johnson, who is 23 years old, but he has just 5 catches for 45 yards as a former undrafted free agent. Remember, the Browns are the team that got a 4th round pick for P Andy Lee a couple of years ago, which they will actually reap the benefit of this year.