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Michael Bennett | Defensive Lineman | #72

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 274
College: Texas A&M
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Seahawks LE Michael Bennett improved his conditioning this offseason by stepping up his workout regimen.
Bennett said he feels "defensive MVP-ish right now." The confidence comes from an exhausting offseason of boxing sessions and swimming up to 30 laps three times a week. "I’m trying to be in way better condition to the point where I don’t ever get tired,’’ said Bennett. The 30-year-old still isn't happy with his contract but doesn't plan on holding out of training camp. May 22 - 11:47 AM

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Disgruntled Seahawks LE Michael Bennett says he won't hold out of training camp as he seeks a renegotiation of his contract.

Perennially dissatisfied with contracts he willingly signed, Bennett is skipping voluntary OTAs, but acted miffed in a radio interview when the possibility of a camp holdout was mentioned. "Why wouldn’t I be at training camp?," Bennett asked rhetorically. "I’ll see you there for sure." Aside from Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks haven't had much luck in contract disputes during the Pete Carroll era.
May 17 - 2:40 PM

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett is not participating in voluntary workouts.

In what's become an annual tradition, Bennett is showing frustration with his contract by holding out of the voluntary portions of the offseason program. The problem is Bennett still has two years left on his deal, and the Seahawks have been steadfast in their policy of not extending players with multiple years remaining. It is possible Bennett pulls a Kam Chancellor and holds out into mandatory sessions and training camp, but it is likely he is back for OTAs.
May 12 - 10:00 AM

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett met with the team at the NFL Scouting Combine regarding his contract.

Bennett wanting a new deal has become an annual offseason theme. Coach Pete Carroll recently suggested Bennett wasn't likely to get a raise, but the fact that Seahawks brass met with him regarding contract negotiations indicates the front office is at least open to the idea. Bennett, 30, is owed $5 million in 2016, $1 million of which is tied up in per-game roster bonuses.
Feb 28 - 4:03 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was cagey about LE Michael Bennett's contract on Thursday.

Bennett, who is signed through 2017, sought a new deal last offseason, to no avail. He recently hired Marshawn Lynch's agent, who won a 2015 stare down with Seattle. "Well, Mike did all the things he’s supposed to do, you know," Carroll said. "We’d like to reward everybody. Can’t always do that." Carroll said the team is focused on the draft and free agency. A new deal for a pass rusher on the wrong side of 30 doesn't seem to be a priority.
Feb 25 - 5:34 PM

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 7.

Bennett wreaked havoc on the 49ers' turnstile offensive line last Thursday night, registering 3.5 sacks and a number of quarterback hurries on Colin Kaepernick. The soon-to-be 30-year-old has played both left end and right end this season, while also seeing snaps on the interior. Bennett is Pro Football Focus' fourth-ranked 4-3 end, two spots behind teammate Cliff Avril.
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 10:02:00 AM

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett reported for the start of training camp on Thursday.

Bennett has been expressing displeasure with his contract since approximately five minutes after the Seahawks didn't give the ball to Marshawn Lynch in Super Bowl XLIX, but has reported all the same. Headed into his age-30 season, Bennett is set to make $6 million. Perhaps he thinks playing the good soldier will get some extra bucks kicked his way, but it's unlikely.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 09:57:00 PM

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett said the Seahawks "want me to play five positions but pay me for one."

Bennett continues to tell anyone who will listen that he's contemplating a holdout. That's nice, but the Seahawks just signed him to a four-year, $32 million contract 15 months ago. NFL deals don't get redone one year into a pact and Bennett likely knows this.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 08:24:00 AM

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett said he doesn't mind "staying home" in Honolulu while he seeks a new contract.

Bennett reported to mandatory minicamp, but it sounds like he's willing to sit out training camp if the Seahawks don't get the ball rolling on a new contract soon. The 29-year-old would face a $30,000-per-day fine for skipping training camp. That's simply too much money to pass up. We fully expect Bennett to cave before camp opens on July 25.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 10:58:00 AM

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett reported for the start of minicamp on Tuesday.

As did Bruce Irvin. Both players sat out voluntary workouts in an effort to voice displeasure with their contract situations. Bennett reportedly tried to force a trade over the offseason. Due $18.5 million over the next three years, he has little leverage. Like brother Martellus, Michael won't be skipping training camp.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 07:42:00 PM

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett admitted he is holding out of OTAs in an effort to land a new deal.

"Trying to get the contract right," said Bennett. "I’ll be there shortly. I don’t know when I’ll be there. Depends on the team and stuff. See how it works out." Bennett reportedly tried to force a trade this offseason, but has recently said he was just looking for a raise. Bennett is owned $18.5 million in salary and bonuses over the final three years of his deal.
Sat, May 30, 2015 11:13:00 AM

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett was absent for the start of OTAs on Tuesday.

Deeply dissatisfied with his contract, Bennett recently said he's not back with the Seahawks "just yet" for 2015. Regardless of what Bennett believes, he's not getting traded, and will be a Seahawk come Week 1. It's doubtful his protest will continue through next month's mandatory minicamp.
Tue, May 26, 2015 04:23:00 PM

Speaking in a Thursday interview, Seahawks LE Michael Bennett said he's not back with the team "just yet."

"Actually I’m not back (with the team) just yet," were Bennett's exact words. "Not just yet." They're interesting comments from a player who has let it be known that he's unhappy with his contract. Coach Pete Carroll recently brushed off Bennett's gripes, and there's little reason to believe he'll be playing elsewhere in 2015.
Thu, May 14, 2015 08:28:00 PM

Coach Pete Carroll has "no concerns" with LE Michael Bennett’s contract situation.

In the second season of a four-year deal, Bennett has no leverage in his contract dispute. It’s possible Seattle restructures his deal to give him more upfront money. Bennett started all 16 games last year, posting 38 tackles and seven sacks.
Fri, May 8, 2015 08:31:00 PM

Appearing on Seattle's King 5 TV Thursday, Seahawks LE Michael Bennett said he just wants a raise -- not a trade.

"People assume when you ask for a little more money, they assume that you want to be traded," said Bennett. "But that's not what I'm trying to go for." Bennett is entering season two of a four-year, $28.5 million deal. Seahawks GM John Schneider might be able to appease Bennett by offering him more money up front, similar to what the team did with Marshawn Lynch.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, May 8, 2015 11:03:00 AM

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