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Michael Bennett: I would love to stay in Seattle

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The Seahawks were able to add a pair of strong defensive ends at reasonable prices in free agency last year because of a soft market for pass rushers and they know that they’ll have Cliff Avril for another season.

The outlook is less clear for Michael Bennett. Bennett signed a one-year deal worth $5 million with the Seahawks after a nine-sack 2012 season with the Buccaneers and turned out to be a bargain. He played the most snaps of any defensive lineman in Seattle, had a team-high 8.5 sacks and played like one of the best 4-3 ends in the league.

Bennett said Monday in New Jersey that he feels like the Seahawks defense is a great fit for him and that he’d love to return to the team in 2014. Beyond that, though, he said he isn’t thinking about where he’ll be playing past Sunday.

“I don’t think about the money because it’s not in my account,” Bennett said. “You do want long-term deals, but I don’t think about it as much as some people think I think about it. I think about winning the game. I’m taking it one game at a time, taking care of this moment and playing for this team.”

Bennett turns 29 this year, so this would be a good time for him to land a long-term deal. His play would suggest plenty of suitors, but many thought the same this time last year and things didn’t play out that way.

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26 Responses to “Michael Bennett: I would love to stay in Seattle”
  1. pathsovglory says: Jan 27, 2014 6:48 PM

    of all the free agents Seattle brought in this season, Bennett deserves to be re-upped the most

  2. legionofboom25 says: Jan 27, 2014 6:50 PM

    And Seattle would love to have Michael Bennett back.

  3. mathomp3 says: Jan 27, 2014 6:51 PM

    Good, we would love to have you!

  4. thepftpoet says: Jan 27, 2014 6:53 PM

    If you want to win a superbowl, come to Minnesota.

    You would definitely be a solid 3rd string DE on our team and could help on 3rd down passing situations.

    Our team already has a lot of depth on D with the best coach in the NFL.

  5. beardinals says: Jan 27, 2014 6:55 PM

    Here, I’ll finish the headline…. “unless someone else will pay me more”

  6. juliusanonymous says: Jan 27, 2014 6:58 PM

    It’s time to cut ties with Cris Clemons and use that money on Bennett. He was an absolute beast for Seattle this year, and his sack numbers don’t tell the whole story. There were many plays where he got pressure on QBs and forced them to throw interceptions or where he forced fumbles, and also the turnovers he got for Seattle. He’s become a fan favorite in Seattle. Let’s get the guy signed to a long-term deal.

  7. aceakking says: Jan 27, 2014 6:58 PM

    Too Old.

  8. Go-Hawks! says: Jan 27, 2014 7:00 PM

    Seahawks should do a 2 year deal to keep him around. Good solid producer. Great acquisition.

  9. lasredchris says: Jan 27, 2014 7:09 PM

    Percy “Migrane” Harvin’s money should be going to this exceptional pass rusher. #stupidtrade

  10. chawk12thman says: Jan 27, 2014 7:12 PM

    Hope he stays with the Hawks! Hope he sacks Peyton and helps win a S.B. Championship, too.

    Wanting it all……..Go Hawks!

  11. anicra says: Jan 27, 2014 7:18 PM

    He will be a long term signing

  12. russellwilsonismymvp says: Jan 27, 2014 7:23 PM

    I love what this guy has brought to Seattle’s defensive line. He is one of the most disruptive defenders they have. The guy is a beast. Hopefully, he gives them the hometown discount.

  13. thevikesarebest says: Jan 27, 2014 7:24 PM

    He became addict to peds like the typical seadderall cheathawks.SKOL!

  14. cadillacjosh says: Jan 27, 2014 7:31 PM

    He also says in the same interview, he’d like to come to Chicago to play with his brother, The Black Unicorn.

    I’d love that to happen.

  15. beastmode5150 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:52 PM

    4 years, 22 million. Cut Clemons, rice and miller.

  16. ariani1985 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:56 PM

    Who wants to talk about the Percy Harvin trade fleecing?

  17. seatownballers says: Jan 27, 2014 8:19 PM

    Rice is gone. Who else we gotta cut to keep Bennett? We can’t afford 13mill a year de

  18. seahawk77 says: Jan 27, 2014 8:42 PM

    Great player with a even greater motor. Hope he lands a nice 3 year deal with the hawks! That beard has got to go….

  19. kahunanc says: Jan 27, 2014 9:05 PM

    The Donkey I-line will hold, tackle whatever. Anything to keep mega head clean. Hawks win 24-17. And score closer than game

  20. beastmode5150 says: Jan 27, 2014 9:58 PM

    Rice, Zach miller, Chris Clemons, Paul McQuistan, Breno Giacomoni, and possibly red Bryant will be gone next year. That is a lot of cash.

  21. bucnblood says: Jan 27, 2014 10:03 PM

    As a Bucs supporter I say good luck Mr. Bennett. Wish we would have never let you go. I will be pulling for you on Sunday…go hawks!

  22. rodvmunchiii says: Jan 27, 2014 10:12 PM

    Yeah, but is he a Schiano-man?

  23. juliusanonymous says: Jan 27, 2014 11:01 PM

    He’ll be hard to keep after he knocks a fumble out of Manning’s hand in the Superbowl. Just wait ’til he gets a late hit or two on old man Peyton. Denver can have the 15 yards, we’ll take the win.

    Peyton will need PTSD therapy after the nightmares Bennett gives him on Sunday. He’ll have to retire from football so he can focus on more peaceful pursuits like gardening, that don’t involve hip-swaying unholy beasts trying to kill him.

  24. shortfatbald1 says: Jan 28, 2014 12:18 AM

    …that beard has to go…

    He can keep the beard IF he changes that crazy sack/big play dance. LOL

  25. fumblenuts says: Jan 28, 2014 12:33 AM

    Michael will get a couple of sacks on Manning………book it!

  26. pftmaniac says: Jan 28, 2014 9:56 AM

    Michael Bennett, please come back to Tampa Bay!!!

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