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Michael Bennett | Defensive Lineman

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 274
College: Texas A&M
Contract: view contract details

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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. May 14 - 8:28 PM

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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.
May 8 - 8:31 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.
May 8 - 11:03 AM

CBS' Jason La Canfora says DE Michael Bennett has "made it clear he'd rather not be back in Seattle."

It appears Bennett is unhappy with his contract even though he signed a four-year, $32 million deal 14 months ago. The bottom line is he has no leverage. The Seahawks want one of the game's best 4-3 ends playing for them and have no reason to trade him.
Source: CBS Sports
May 7 - 10:52 AM

DE Michael Bennett wants the Seahawks to renegotiate his contract.

Bennett didn't report for "voluntary" workouts this week. It's almost impossible to see the Seahawks giving him a raise since he signed a four-year, $32 million contract just one year ago.
Apr 21 - 9:43 AM

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett says he never requested a trade.

"Man, like I said, they made rumors about Jesus, they’ll make rumors about anybody," Bennett said in a Thursday radio interview. "I never asked for it. I didn’t come to them asking for a trade." Bennett insists "everything is good" between him and the Seahawks. That may be true in general, but Bennett also spent a portion of the interview ripping new teammate Jimmy Graham. There will be a fence to mend.
Apr 9 - 4:18 PM

The Seahawks deny that DE Michael Bennett has requested a trade to the Falcons.

The team says it's "news to them." The Seahawks have nothing to gain by publicly acknowledging such a request, of course, but for now we'll take them at their word. As far as denials go, it's not a particularly cagey one. We should learn more about Bennett's request/non-request over the next 24 hours.
Mar 17 - 2:50 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is seeking a trade to Atlanta, and a new contract.

It's a bizarre source for a Seahawks/Falcons trade rumor, but Clarence Hill is a respected reporter. Bennett played his high school and college ball in Texas. Atlanta is not a random destination, as it would reunite Bennett with his defensive coordinator for both his seasons in Seattle, Dan Quinn. Coming off a seven-sack campaign, Bennett is just one season into a four-year, $32 million contract.
Mar 17 - 1:51 PM

Seahawks re-signed DE Michael Bennett to a four-year, $28.5 million contract, including $16 million guaranteed.

He chose to stay with the Super Bowl champs over the Bears, who offered considerably more money. Bennett, 28, "started" only three games in 2013 with Seattle, but racked up 8.5 sacks and a forced fumble while playing both defensive end and tackle, primarily operating as a sub-package pass rusher. He's not an every-down player, but the Seahawks are big believers in "wave" rotations up front, and Bennett's versatility is critical in their philosophy. The Bears may now attempt to make a late run at free agents Michael Johnson and Lamarr Houston, the top remaining available defensive ends.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 03:38:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears are believed to be offering free agent DE Michael Bennett $8.5 million annually, while the Seahawks' proposal is worth $8 million a year.

Adam Schefter's report that Bennett is leaning toward staying in Seattle suggests he's also leaning toward taking a small hometown discount. We're still not dismissing the Bears' chances of landing Bennett, but they may have to go to $9 million per year to land him. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport recently stated on Twitter, however, that Chicago has already begun turning its focus elsewhere.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 01:17:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Seahawks have "emerged as the favorite" to land free agent DL Michael Bennett.

This would be bad news for the Bears, who've targeted Bennett as their top priority in free agency. Seattle has made several cap moves -- releasing Sidney Rice and Red Bryant -- ostensibly aimed at keeping Bennett off the market. The sides have until 4PM ET on Tuesday to negotiate exclusively, before Bennett can sign elsewhere. We're still not ruling out Bennett landing in Chicago.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 12:58:00 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune, DE Michael Bennett has emerged as the Bears' "top target" in free agency.

The Bears are in "strong pursuit" of Martellus' brother, and reportedly hope to replace Julius Peppers with Michael at right defensive end. Two club officials told the Tribune they expect Bennett to sign with Chicago "after free agency opens at 3 p.m. (CT) Tuesday." Bears GM Phil Emery has a strong working relationship with agent Drew Rosenhaus, who reps Bennett. It sounds like it's just a matter of time before Bennett is rushing quarterbacks in the Windy City.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 11:09:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears are believed to be expressing interest in free agent DE Michael Bennett.

Per reporter Brad Briggs, the Bears are considering releasing Julius Peppers in order to sign Bennett. The Seahawks want him back, but are facing cap issues. One of free agency's top defensive ends, Bennett is believed to have a mutual interest in signing with Chicago and playing with his younger brother Martellus. The 49ers and Raiders have also been linked to Bennett as possible suitors.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 07:01:00 PM's Mike Florio reported Friday that there could be a "bidding war" between the 49ers and Seahawks for free agent DE Michael Bennett.

Florio posted this on Twitter, then conceded on PFT's website that the Niners may be "feigning interest" in order to drive up Bennett's price tag for their division rivals. Bennett would be a bit of an odd fit in San Francisco's 3-4 scheme because he isn't a five-technique end, or a 3-4 rush 'backer. And the 49ers are strong at both of those positions. In addition to Seattle and apparently San Fran, the Bears, Jaguars, and Raiders are expected to pursue Bennett.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 11:42:00 AM

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.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 04:38:00 PM

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