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Michael Bennett | Defensive Lineman | #72

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 274
College: Texas A&M
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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll didn't mention Michael Bennett when discussing his 2018 defensive line on Tuesday.
Carroll found time to rave about Dion Jordan — who played 135 snaps in 2017 — but not Bennett. Following Sunday's season-ending loss, Bennett himself said he did not expect to be back in 2018. Now 32, Bennett tallied 8.5 sacks while remaining an every-down player in 2017, but battled through a number of injuries. The Seahawks would clear just $2.025 million in cap space by cutting Bennett, but perhaps they are ready to move on regardless. Jan 2 - 2:31 PM

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Seahawks DE Michael Bennett expects to be released this offseason.

32-year-old Bennett has three seasons remaining on the "four-year, $39 million" extension he signed last December, but believes the writing is on the wall. "Just seems like it's a young man's game," Bennett said. "I can see them going younger, with younger players. That's part of the game." Playing through plantar fasciitis for much of the season, Bennett still managed to record 8.5 sacks. He remained an every-down player. The Seahawks would save just $2.025 million against the cap by cutting Bennett loose. It's quite possible, if not probable, he's brought back for one more year.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 10:28:00 PM

Michael Bennett is expected to play through his foot injury against the Giants.

Bennett is dealing with plantar fasciitis, which is a lingering injury that only gets better with rest. Bennett played through the issue in Week 5, finishing the Seahawks' win over the Rams. Bennett's practice time figures to be limited for the foreseeable future, but he should be out there on Sundays.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 03:50:00 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said DE Michael Bennett is dealing with a "plantar fasciitis injury."

"He is really sore today," Carroll said. "But he was able to finish the game and did a fantastic job to help us down the stretch." The fact Bennett was able to finish the game is a good sign, and Seattle is on bye this week. Bennett should be good to go after the off week.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 09:19:00 AM

Seahawks signed DE MIchael Bennett to a three-year, $31.5 million extension through 2020.

Bennett had one year left on his deal in 2017 and was set to count $9.5 million against the cap. This deal likely lowers that number on top of making Bennett happy after he seems to cause a stir almost every offseason in regards to his contract. Bennett just turned 31 last month, so this could be the last deal of his career. He's currently PFF's 6th-ranked 4-3 end and No. 1 versus the run.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 12:05:00 PM

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is not listed on the Week 16 injury report.

Bennett missed Wednesday's practice with a neck injury, but he practiced in full on Friday and will start against the Cardinals' weakened offensive line.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:19:00 PM

Michael Bennett (neck) didn't practice on Wednesday.

The Seahawks don't seem overly concerned about his status but it's something to watch for with Seattle playing on a short week. Bennett has been one of the better edge players in football when healthy this year. He holds PFF's sixth-highest grade among 4-3 defensive ends.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 07:43:00 PM

Michael Bennett (neck) is expected to be "fine" for Week 16.

Bennett tweaked his neck late in last Thursday's win over the Rams, but is no worse for the wear. Bennett will be one of the Seahawks' most important players down the stretch and into the postseason.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 03:41:00 PM

Updating an earlier item, Michael Bennett has a "tweaked" neck, and not a concussion.

Bennett evidently passed his concussion test. He gave himself a vicious shot in the fourth quarter, but with nine days of rest for Week 16, seems like he'll be ready to go against the Cardinals.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 12:20:00 AM

Michael Bennett is in the league's concussion protocol.

Bennett knocked himself out destroying a Rams running play in the fourth quarter. In the words of Cris Collinsworth, Bennett bench pressed Tyler Higbee before a violent collision with Todd Gurley. Bennett was clearly dazed. He has nine days to get cleared for Week 16 against the Cardinals.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 11:59:00 PM

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (knee) is active for Week 13 against the Panthers.

Bennett returns after missing the last five weeks. The Seahawks also have FS Earl Thomas back after a one-game absence. Inactive for Seattle are OT Garry Gilliam, RB C.J. Prosise, WR Paul Richardson, RB Alex Collins, LB Brock Coyle, TE Luke Willson, and DT John Jenkins.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 07:09:00 PM

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Panthers.

Seahawks FS Earl Thomas was removed from the injury report, so he'll will start against Carolina. Bennett's status is less certain, but most signs point to him playing as well. Seahawks RCB Deshawn Shead is also off the injury report after missing Week 12. Whereas the Panthers' defense is in disarray, the Seahawks' defense is nearing full strength for the stretch run.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 04:11:00 PM

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (knee) returned to a full practice on Wednesday.

Bennett has been playing it close to the vest, but all signs point to him returning in Week 13. Earl Thomas (hamstring) was also a full participant at Wednesday's practice. It looks like the Seahawks will be at close to full strength Sunday against Carolina.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 07:22:00 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed that DE Michael Bennett (knee) is on track to play against the Panthers in Week 13.

He hasn't played since injuring his knee in Week 7. Carroll is optimistic about Bennett's status every week, but this time we think he'll actually play. He'll be a big boost to the Seahawks' pass rush.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 05:53:00 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said DE Michael Bennett (knee) "should come back" this week.

Carroll has said basically the same thing about Week 12. We will wait until Bennett returns to the practice field before penciling him into the starting lineup. Carroll also thinks FS Earl Thomas (hamstring) and CB DeShawn Shead (hamstring) could return this week.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 12:51:00 PM