Seahawks, Michael Bennett Discussing New Deal

Defensive end Michael Bennett recently hired Relativity Sports as his new representation, and his new agent has met with the Seahawks about a new deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). Bennett was previously a client of Rosenhaus sports.Michael Bennett

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The 30-year-old Bennett has been seeking a new contract for the better part of a year, and he’s current set to enter the third year of a four-year, $28.5MM deal he signed prior to the 2013 season. Bennett has clearly outplayed that agreement — he once again graded among the top-five edge defenders per Pro Football Focus — but as I outlined last year, Bennett only has himself to blame, as he could have earned much more than his current $7.125MM annual value had he gone to the open market in 2013.

Though Bennett threatened to hold out last summer, Seattle has shown a reluctance to redo any part of his contract. But as Rapoport notes, Relativity Sports is the same agency that got the Seahawks to extend running back Marshawn Lynch on a short-term deal. So if that history means anything, perhaps the two sides can come to some sort of agreement.

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4 months 28 days ago

It at least makes more sense to discuss a new deal now, rather than last offseason, when he was just one year into his new contract. I’d expect a modest reworking that puts a little more money in Bennett’s pocket right now.