Michael Bennett thinks he “probably” won’t be back with Seahawks

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As the winds of change blow in Seattle, one of the team’s key players over the past several years is bracing to get blown out of town.

I probably won’t be back next year,” Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett told Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune after Sunday’s season-ending loss to the Cardinals. “Just seems like it’s a young man’s game. I can see them going younger, with younger players. That’s part of the game.”

Younger and cheaper is the key. During a run that saw the team get at least to the final eight for five straight seasons, one star player after another signed big-money deals. Bennett, who received a solid but not spectacular deal when arriving as a free agent in 2013, finally got the replacement contract he was looking for in 2016. Now, it could be getting torn up.

The deal isn’t one of the team’s more problematic, however. He’s due to receive a $6 million salary, along with per-game roster bonuses totaling $1 million. The cap hit for keeping him would be $8.737 million; the cap charge for moving on would be $3.475 million.

If Bennett ultimately is cut, don’t be surprised if he becomes the next veteran castoff in New England. The original Do Your Job documentary, chronicling the Patriots’ 2014 season, made clear the coaching staff’s immense respect for and fear of Bennett. The question is whether Bennett, now 32, can still strike fear in opposing players and coaches.

45 responses to “Michael Bennett thinks he “probably” won’t be back with Seahawks

  1. Immense respect and fear for Bennett? Sounds like an exaggeration. I bet it went along the lines of: “Watch out for that weird looking man with a beard who will dive at our offensive linemen’s knees!”

  2. Guy is a liar that jeopardized the lives of police and ginned up anti-police sentiment by his PROVEN false claims. Was a great player, but is now a Garbage Person.

  3. I can deal with guys who have made mistakes coming to NE and changing their ways. I doubt this liar who used racism as an excuse for his own stupidity has that level of character.

  4. I don’t think Belichick would put up with Bennett’s distractions in the locker room. When was the last time you heard a member of the Patriots mouthing off to the press?

  5. They can probably keep him. Not sure about Richard Charmin because he makes a lot more money and may miss half of the season recovering from his torn Achilles. Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor have neck injuries, which can be career ending. These 4 players, if they are gone, will open up a bit of cap space. LG Luke Joekel was signed for one year and he made 8 mil. He is likely gone or he may re-sign for a lot less. Eddie Lacy is probably a goner too. They will need to re-sign Frank Clark. Another one who may be gone is TE Jimmy Graham. Sheldon Richardson is another decision they have to make
    : re-sign or replace.

  6. This lying, racist dirtbag knows the writing is on the wall. Locker room cancer, declining skills and a heap of self perpetuated dirty baggage don’t add up to the kind of numbers he has on his contract. Hopefully out of the league and into obscurity as soon as possible.

    Good riddance.

  7. If Bennett is ever to play on a Belichick team, he will need to learn how to stop constantly opening his mouth for attention- whether it’s trashing other players or creating drama around himself.

  8. I’d love Arizona to bring him in on a 1yr deal. Arizona already has a nasty pass up up front and Bennett could join an outside pass rushing rotation as a pass rushing specialist that includes a core of Chandler Jones, Markus Golden and Kareem Hunt. Bennett would give AZ an even scarier pass rushing front, especially with youngster D-Linemen Olsen Pierre and Robert Nkimdiche starting to come into their own.

  9. Go to the Raiders, he would be hit when they move to vegas.

    Seriously, he can be had for cheap. Maybe he wants to drop his price to the Hawks and work out a deal that makes him a better fit in the pkans.

  10. Bennett has been a very prolific pass rusher, but he seems to be getting “injured” way too often. Sometimes I think he just wants a little rest, so he fakes a slight injury, sits out a couple of plays, and then goes back in. His propensity for penalties doesn’t bother me, nor does his social activism, but I just don’t think he has much left in the tank. Hawks should trade him now while he still has some value to another team. Thanks for the good years, Mr. Bennett!

  11. The Seattle dynasty – remember that one? The way the 49ers are surging the Seahawks could end up 3rd in their division next year.

  12. We originally thought that Marty would be a distraction, too.

    I love Marty. He has never been a problem for the Pats. Great attitude!

    Michael is a great ball player.

    I’d much rather give Michael Bennett a chance, than a woman-beater like James Harrison, that everyone seems to be so easily embracing.

    Whether or not the Pats need help getting to the QB, (and they do), am I the only Pats fan that wishes that Harrison was still with the Steelers?

    Give Bennett a shot.
    I bet that he will be the same, total professional that his brother is.

  13. Wow…. It’s interesting to watch SeaHawk fans become so vile to their own. It is one thing to show this kind of Love to the 49ers fans and other teams, but to turn on your own team in such bitterness and hatred is another thing all together. Simply put, this type of behavior results in “separation” and ultimately will rot the SeaHawks organization from the inside out. (not to mention the community)

    May Bennett find an environment, coaching staff, and organization that can channel his talents and God given gifts to benefit himself, his team mates, and communities playoff aspirations. And may NFL fans in Seattle, and across the country for that matter, begin this New Year 2018, with a deeper introspective understanding of what “Forgiveness” means and looks like… For the sake of your children, community, and team.

    In Lak’ ech,

  14. No Michael in New England. Marty is fine. Marty has a big mouth, but not a mean edge about him. In fact, it would be great if Mary got healthy and signed a two-year deal with the Patriots. Michael is better off staying in Seattle and working something out.

  15. The Seattle dynasty – remember that one? The way the 49ers are surging the Seahawks could end up 3rd in their division next year.

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    The Seattle dynasty – remember that one? The way the 49ers are surging the Seahawks could end up LAST in their division next year.

    Fixed it for you. The one year dynasty is over and done and the Hawks and their ridiculous 12’s return to the basement where they rightfully belong. Deeelicious.

  16. Liberalsruineverything says:

    All of the big mouth BLM racists will be out of the league soon enough.

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    The fans know who the real racists are. They show up each week and point themselves out by kneeling.

  17. vikings1234 says:
    The Seattle dynasty – remember that one? The way the 49ers are surging the Seahawks could end up 3rd in their division next year.

    ehsguy72 says:
    The one year dynasty is over and done and the Hawks and their ridiculous 12’s return to the basement where they rightfully belong. Deeelicious.
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    You do realize that in spite of losing Avril, Sherman, Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Chris Carson for a grand total of 30 games, they would have been 12-4 if they just had a league average kicker that could make a 38 yard field goal, right?

    It’s far more likely that the Rams are a one-year fluke like the 2015 Cardinals than it is that Seahawks won’t be back on top of the division next year. As to the 49ers, well, they’re 6-10.

    Good luck facing a healthy Seahawks team next year.

  18. ikings1234 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 9:29 am
    The Seattle dynasty – remember that one? The way the 49ers are surging the Seahawks could end up 3rd in their division next year.
    +++
    How’s all that going to help the Vikings in the playoffs? Worry about that more than other teams.

  19. Cap Space will dictate several major personnel decisions this off season. The young guys have stepped up, so likely he will be done here in Seattle. Still a great player and if he stayed, I’d be happy. If not, I thank him for his contribution to the team and wish him well.

  20. he’s been a damn good player for us — was hurt this year – and has probably lost a step too, but if he’s gone, it’s been a good run.

    all the hate on here seems a little over the top, but that’s life on an internet message board.

  21. Bennett was the only consistent pass rush threat for the past 5 years. You haters don’t like the idea these black men speak up against injustice. Newsflash – The Jim Crow era has ended. Deal with it!

  22. skawh says:
    January 1, 2018 at 6:37 pm
    Bennett was the only consistent pass rush threat for the past 5 years. You haters don’t like the idea these black men speak up against injustice. Newsflash – The Jim Crow era has ended. Deal with it!
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    Jim Crow laws were enacted by Democrat controlled state legislatures in the southern states. Look it up, it’s easy to find. Deal with that.

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