Last year, the Seahawks signed defensive lineman Michael Bennett to a bargain-basement, one-year, $5 million deal.
This year, it won’t be as cheap to keep Bennett around. But he wants to stay.
Per our own Curtis Crabtree, who covers the team for KJR radio, Bennett said Wednesday negotiations on a new deal haven’t begun, but that he “100 percent” wants to stay.
“We can go back and win a Super Bowl again with all these guys,” Bennett said. “It’s a business but I definitely want to be back.”
Coach Pete Carroll agrees, as to Bennett and the rest of the free agents.
“There’s some very difficult decisions and things that we’ll have to make, as you always do at this time of year, but we just need to get better,” Carroll said, via Crabtree.
“We want this team together. We want to see if we can keep this team together. Every decision is difficult that we have to face. Guys at the end of their contracts, those are big issues for us. We love the guys. We love what they do and what they bring and we’d like to keep it together as best we can.”
It’ll be impossible to keep everyone. Players will want to be paid, and other teams could be inclined to pay a premium if it means slowing down a budding dynasty.
At some point, the Seahawks need to trust their ability to reload, via the draft and through veterans who’ll take less for a chance to win a ring.
In other words, if they lose last year’s Michael Bennett, they’ll simply have to find this year’s Michael Bennett.