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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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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. Jul 30 - 9:57 PM

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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.
Jun 30 - 8:24 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.
Jun 28 - 10:58 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.
Jun 16 - 7:42 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.
May 30 - 11:13 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.
May 26 - 4:23 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.
May 14 - 8:28 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.
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

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