Michael Bennett
DE PHI (9)
5 years ago

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Michael Bennett won't re-sign with the Seahawks before the start of free agency, and plans to test the open market.

Bennett has been tossing bouquets the Seahawks' way all offseason, but has made it clear he won't be re-signing for less than top dollar. There's now a good chance he'll get that somewhere other than Seattle. According to FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo, the Jaguars and Raiders are "lurking" as potential suitors. Bennett is Rotoworld's No. 3 free-agent end.

Michael Bennett
DE PHI (9)
5 years ago

Free agent DE Michael Bennett said the Seahawks "obviously" want him for the rest of his career.

"But everything plays into the numbers. Have to make sure everything is right," Bennett added. In other words, he's not going to give the Seahawks a hometown discount after playing out the 2013 season on a one-year deal. Seattle has released Sidney Rice and Red Bryant, moves designed in part to clear space for Bennett and fellow free agent Golden Tate.

Michael Bennett
DE PHI (9)
5 years ago

Seahawks GM John Schneider doesn't anticipate using the franchise tag on free agent DL Michael Bennett.

Michael Bennett
DE PHI (9)
5 years ago5 Comments

Free agent DL Michael Bennett has made it clear he's not open to a "hometown discount" with the Seahawks.

"There is no such thing as discount," Bennett said Tuesday. "This is not Costco, this is not Walmart - this is real life. ... You want to be compensated for the way that you perform and the kind of teammate you are." Bennett is on the record as wanting to remain in Seattle, but he's more on the record for wanting top dollar. It's an understandable sentiment after Bennett got the short shrift in free agency last year. He's no better than 50-50 to return to Seattle.

Michael Bennett
DE PHI (9)
5 years ago

Free agent DL Michael Bennett admits he wants to be "compensated with the top guys."

Bennett has been adamant that he wants to stay in Seattle, but he's also looking for a raise on the $4.8 million he made in 2013. "Basically I took a one year deal the year before, did a first-round tender in Tampa, so I definitely just want to be paid, you know," Bennett said. "I'm not trying to be the highest paid guy, but I want to be compensated with the top guys." Bennett is angling for the multi-year pact he missed out on last year. That could make it tough to re-up with the Seahawks, who have a number of long-term commitments (Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Russell Wilson) they need to make in the near future.

Michael Bennett
DE PHI (9)
5 years ago

Free agent DL Michael Bennett has a "good feeling" he'll re-sign with the Seahawks.

Bennett did add "but you know how it goes." Bennett knows as well as anyone how things can go haywire in free agency. Expected to be one of the jewels of last year's market, he was forced to settle for a one-year, $4.8 million deal thanks to a shoulder injury. Bennett may want to be back, but it will likely have to be on a team-friendly price. The Seahawks have pass-rushing depth, and many important extensions to take care of in the next two seasons.

Michael Bennett
DE PHI (9)
5 years ago

Free agent DL Michael Bennett "made it clear" at the Seahawks' Super Bowl parade that he wants to stay in Seattle.

"I want to be back here 100 percent," said Bennett. "I love the team, I love my teammates. Pete (Carroll) does a great job of letting us play. ... I know we can go back and win a Super Bowl again with all these guys. It's a business, but I definitely want to be back." Asked if brother Martellus pulling for Bennett to sign with Chicago will factor into his decision, Michael replied "That doesn't matter much. ... I'm definitely a Seahawk."

Michael Bennett
DE PHI (9)
5 years ago

A league source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk.com there is "nothing imminent" between the Seahawks and free agent DL Michael Bennett.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier in the day that Seattle will re-sign Bennett. That certainly may happen, but PFT reports there is no framework for a deal in place. Bennett managed a one-year, $5 million contract last offseason after word broke of a significant shoulder injury. He wound up missing spring workouts, but played in all 16 games and racked up 8.5 sacks.

Michael Bennett
DE PHI (9)
5 years ago

CSN Chicago suggests free agent DL Michael Bennett will have a similar market to Cliff Avril's from last year.

Avril was one of free agency's better bargains in 2013, ending up with a two-year, $13 million deal from the Seahawks. Bennett, who has posted 17.5 sacks over the last two seasons while not missing a game, will be angling for more. Perhaps he'll be willing to give Chicago a little discount as he wants to play with his brother, Bears TE Martellus Bennett. The Black Unicorn is already doing some recruiting.

Michael Bennett
DE PHI (9)
5 years ago

Impending free agent DL Michael Bennett would like to re-sign with the Seahawks.

"I would love to stay in Seattle," said Bennett. "I love everything about the players, the coaches and the fans." As much as he'd like to return, Bennett will likely chase the money after he landed just a one-year, $5 million deal in a down market last March. Bennett responded by posting 8.5 sacks as a rotational lineman. Pro Football Focus graded Bennett out as a top-five 4-3 end. Bears TE Martellus Bennett, Michael's brother, is expected to recruit him heavily to Chicago.