Michael Bennett said over the weekend that he didn’t mind staying at home in Honolulu for a little while when he was asked if he’d consider holding out of Seahawks training camp next month.
Bennett skipped voluntary work this offseason because he’s trying to get the Seahawks to address his contract for the second time in the last two years, but returned for mandatory minicamp this month. Bennett told Steve Wyche of NFL Media that it is “definitely possible” that he’ll stay away from camp while trying to make his case for a new deal.
“I know a lot of people disagree because I don’t put up all the numbers, but if you watch the games, I’m doing good things,” Bennett said. “They want me to play five positions but pay me for one.”
Bennett lines up inside and outside while playing the run and the pass for the Seahawks, although the team would surely argue that all of those can fit snugly under the position of defensive lineman. There’s no doubt that Bennett is doing good things, but those good things don’t do much to create leverage so soon after signing a contract with Seattle because they are understandably wary of what could follow with other players if they redo Bennett’s deal with three years left on it.