The ‘Legion of Boom’ Seahawks Go Quietly Into the Night

The Seattle Seahawks as we’ve come to know them, the most interesting and polarizing NFL team of the 2010s, are no more.

It’s been a slow process that began two years ago with Marshawn Lynch literally hanging up his cleats during Super Bowl 50, but the football world heard the death rattle Wednesday, with news of defensive end Michael Bennett’s trade, and ominous smoke around the future of All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.

After Lynch’s departure, the Seahawks saw linebacker Bruce Irvin leave in free agency, then career-threatening neck injuries for defensive end Cliff Avril and safety Kam Chancellor last year. News emerged Wednesday afternoon that Sherman had been saying his goodbyes to teammates this week, and that broke moments before Bennett, who had very publicly been on the trading block, was sent to Philadelphia (along with a seventh-round pick) for a fifth-rounder and receiver Marcus Johnson.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have tried to prepare their fans for this eventuality, with their most recent attempts coming at last week’s combine.

“Every offseason we approach it the same way: to compete as hard as we can to figure

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