No tag for Michael Bennett

AP

As we move closer to the annual deadline for applying the franchise tag, here’s another guy who won’t be restricted with the kind of restriction we’d all like — a guaranteed eight-figure payday.

Per a league source, the Seahawks won’t be applying the franchise tag to defensive end Michael Bennett.  Which means that he’ll hit the open market, a year after signing a one-year, $5 million deal to join Seattle.

Bennett surely is looking to parlay his one-year bet-on-himself contract into a bigger contract, the same way his brother, Martellus, previously did.  The former Cowboys tight end signed a one-year deal with the Giants before cashing in last year, via a four-year deal with the Bears.The Seahawks want to keep Bennett around.  And they still have eight days to work something out until the annual free-agency market opens.

Seattle also faces the potential loss of defensive lineman Clinton McDonald, who started the Super Bowl after starting only one game all season long.  He racked up 5.5 sacks in 2013.

If one or both goes, we’ve got a feeling the Seahawks have a plan for replacing them effectively, whether by promoting from within or persuading a veteran (like Jared Allen) to take less in order to pursue a Super Bowl ring.

31 responses to “No tag for Michael Bennett

  1. With more than $50 million in cap space, and needing to get closer to the 89% cap floor rule, the Jags will make an offer Bennett can’t refuse and the Seahawks can’t match.

    Bennett is a great fit for the LEO Defense Bradley helped build in Seattle.

    Come to Florida Michael, it’s warm already.

  2. He’s as good as gone. Nice trade-off for taking a one year contract below his market value; Bennett has a Super Bowl ring, played well, and should receive a nice payday from someone.

    I wouldn’t be shocked if the Bucs actually made an offer this time around, now that there is a new regime that seems to have some idea as to how a football team should be run.

  3. jaxbeachjagfan says:
    With more than $50 million in cap space, and needing to get closer to the 89% cap floor rule, the Jags will make an offer Bennett can’t refuse and the Seahawks can’t match.
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    The Seahawks have $18 million in cap space already, and with 2 more insignificant cuts can have $25 million in an instant. This would also give them more than $50 million in cap space in 2015 plus the richest owner in sports. If they want him, they can keep him.

    Oh, and Bennett is no LEO. he’s an inside pass rusher.

  4. Pretty sure he will stay, not tagging him only means that they will likely offer a contract.

  5. I’m sure the Hawks are holding out hope that they can ink a deal, with super salesman, Carroll and closer, Schneider negotiating.

    You cab bet they have a contingency plan, but demand for Bennett will be pretty high from every team with the money to offer at least 3 years and a sizable bonus.

  6. He’s gone. We’re using the dough to extend thomas tate Huashka. Malcolm Smith has earned his spot as a starter on the squad. Irvin will be moved back to defensive end. Scruggs comes back and we kept Mayowa. No one had heard of these 2, but it’s been the plan the whole time

  7. Bennett is a beast and was clutch through the back half of the season so I hope we find a way to keep him.

    That being said, I wonder when the players will start to figure out that signing these huge contracts just to get cut 2 seasons later is less beneficial financially and personally that signing for less that “highest in the league”. Teams flat out can’t have 5 or 6 guys make $10mil + on a roster. The players negotiated a CBA that gives them more money, but it’s gonna be the mid tier guys who see more, not the top and certainly not the bottom. Look at how coveted all these back up and special team guys are at $650-$850k a year.

  8. All a part of the Super Bowl Blues. This time last year, every Seahawk was in the weight room. This time this year, they’re all by the pool on the phone with their agents. You see it every year.

  9. The Seahawks will come up with a 4 year, $8.5- $9 mil deal. That’s a pretty good chunk of change. In return, Bennett can continue to play on a Super Bowl caliber team and potential dynasty caliber defense that will almost undoubtedly make the playoffs every year for the next decade, and will very likely make it back to the Super Bowl again at least once within those four years.

    I think Pete and John can schmooze him with an attractive scenario such as that. Lots of money, you’re not asked to lay every down, so your body doesn’t take such beating, and at the end of your career…maybe a plaque and photo in Canton, Ohio as a member of one of the best defenses ever.

  10. Per a league source? It’s own news that GM John Schneider said they wouldn’t be using the franchise tag on anyone this year.

  11. osiris33 says:
    Mar 3, 2014 11:16 AM
    jaxbeachjagfan says:
    With more than $50 million in cap space, and needing to get closer to the 89% cap floor rule, the Jags will make an offer Bennett can’t refuse and the Seahawks can’t match.
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    The Seahawks have $18 million in cap space already, and with 2 more insignificant cuts can have $25 million in an instant. This would also give them more than $50 million in cap space in 2015 plus the richest owner in sports. If they want him, they can keep him.

    Oh, and Bennett is no LEO. he’s an inside pass rusher.

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    I agree he is not the typical LEO, but he is definitely a prototype LE in a 4-3 base that can play RE as well. Most teams are following what the Giants did and get at least 3 DEs on the field in obvious passing situations, and Bennett is capable of sliding inside in that configuration, but his greatest value is as a LE/RE player on all 3 downs. You can’t play him inside if there is a chance of a run play. he would get cleared out of the middle in a hurry

  12. The Seahawk’s defensive players hit the jackpot with their Super Bowl win.

    The strength of their defense was mostly attributed to the abilities of all 11 guys as a whole….and their incredible depth. Any 1 player on his own on another team will not make the same impact…and will be over paid.

  13. Better believe the jags are the favorite to land this guy outside of Seattle due to Gus Bradley’s background & the huge amount of cap space they have. The Jags are building something special, just wait.

  14. At my age, I do not profess to have a stellar memory, but it seems Seahawk fans are on the same page as Ravens fans a year ago. We all know where the Ravens finished in 2013 . I am most certainly not buying the “best defense in the history of NFL”. At least, not yet. Nor is it a lock they win NFC West in 2014. Food for thought, young’uns.

  15. Not sure about Bennett, but Big Red could certainly wind up in Jacksonville. He could show the young’un’s the ropes for a year or two or three as Gus incorporates his version of a Seattle-style defense. And he won’t cost $8.5 million a year, either.

    I predict the Hawks will work a deal with Bennett for about what they were paying Mebane. Clem will likely re-sructure his contract, or be let go. Ditto Miller.

    That leaves money for Golden and Angry Doug, plus a little to spread around to others. Hauschka will probably be happy with around $1.75 a year for four years. He’s way accurate and dependable as a Swiss watch, but he doesn’t exactly have a cannon for a leg. The Seahawks routinely get him in decent range for high percentage kicks.

    I would love to see them work a new deal with ET. That huge barren Area 29 is really the linchpin that allows the
    defense to work. Pay the man.

  16. Seattle will likely re-sign him, if they’re smart anyway, to a long term deal. Bennett had 8.5 sacks last year and just his mere presence on the field will affect offenses. This guy is a beast and I’d love to see him play for the Tennessee Titans, but that’s only a dream.

  17. chargersdiehard says: Mar 3, 2014 1:16 PM

    @ nativeraider, you actually think a good player would go to jokeland?
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    Good players occasionally go to San Diego, and that team has never been relevant. Oakland will get some good players, because players want to get paid, and the Raiders have money.

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