The Seahawks chose not to use their franchise tag on defensive end Michael Bennett Monday, which means he’ll become a free agent if he doesn’t sign a deal with the team before March 11.
Bennett said on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon on Monday that all the talks with the Seahawks about a contract have been positive and that he expects them to continue.
“Obviously they want me to be a Seahawk for the rest of my career,” Bennett said, via the Seattle Times. “But everything plays into the numbers. Have to make sure everything is right.”
If things aren’t right with Seattle, Bennett said he’s “not worried about the outcome” of his foray into free agency. He settled for a one-year deal last year, but played a leading role on defense for the Super Bowl champs last season and feels confident that he’ll land a better deal this time around.
Should his brother Martellus unexpectedly become the general manager in Chicago, the Bears would be a good bet to give him that deal. Bennett said he’s heard pitches from his brother, but that they’d need to open up their wallet to land him and that he’s “looking forward” to remaining in Seattle.