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Michael Bennett | Defensive Lineman

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 274
College: Texas A&M
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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. Mar 10 - 3:38 PM

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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.
Mar 10 - 1:17 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.
Mar 10 - 12:58 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.
Mar 9 - 11:09 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.
Mar 8 - 7:01 PM

Profootballtalk.com'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.
Mar 7 - 11:42 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.
Mar 6 - 4:38 PM

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.
Mar 5 - 10:27 AM

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

Bennett is the Seahawks' most obvious candidate for the tag, so it would appear Schneider isn't planning to use it at all. ESPN reported earlier this month that there was an "outside chance" the tag could be applied to K Steven Hauschka. Bennett has made it clear he's looking for top dollar. With a stockpile of defensive-line depth, the Seahawks are likely prepared to let him walk.
Feb 20 - 4:55 PM

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.
Feb 11 - 10:19 PM

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, Russell Okung) they need to make in the near future.
Feb 6 - 6:17 PM

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.
Feb 6 - 1:57 PM

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 be a factor, Michael replied "That doesn't matter much. ... I'm definitely a Seahawk."
Feb 5 - 8:52 PM

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.
Feb 2 - 4:35 PM

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.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jan 29 - 11:41 AM

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