The Seattle Seahawks officially announced the signing of defensive lineman Michael Bennett late last night.
Bennett wore No. 71 for Tampa Bay, but of course that number no longer is available because Walter Jones’ jersey has been retired to the Seahawks Ring of Honor. So Bennett will wear No. 72.
According to Roy Cummings of The Tampa Bay Tribune, Bennett was disappointed the Bucs didn’t make more of an effort to keep him. However, he’s excited about his new opportunity in returning to Seattle, and is not worried about the possibility of coming off the bench.
“I’m not concerned at all (about playing time),” Bennett said. “Everybody is capable of playing on the defensive line here, and I plan to be part of the rotation here. I’ll be all over the place here.”
Pro Football Focus breaks down the good and the bad of Michael Bennett’s performance last year. According to the article, Bennett struggled against some of the top right tackles in the NFL.
Here my story on talking with Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and how he will spread the ball around with Percy Harvin added to the mix.
You can listen to the entire Bevell interview with myself and KJR’s Dick Fein in this audio link.
Check out a highlight reel of Cliff Avril’s 2012 sacks in this video link.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com evaluates the competition in free agency between San Francisco and Seattle. “The 49ers have the firepower to make more moves and influence the draft more than any team in the NFL,” the source told CSNBayArea.com. “With all those draft picks, and half of them who can’t truly make the 49ers’ roster, they will be the most dangerous player in the draft. They’ll shake it up like we’ve never seen before.”
Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports breaks down the contract fiasco in Denver that set edge rusher Elvis Dumervil free to talk with any team.
John Harris of Yahoo Sports takes a closer look at Seattle’s draft needs after the team’s recent free agent signings.
Several analysts at NFL.com believe Seattle is the favorite in the NFC after the first week of free agency.
Former NFL agent Joel Corry analyses the Percy Harvin trade and how it will affect the rest of Seattle’s roster. He says to watch out for a restructure of tight end Zach Miller’s deal.
Check out Doug Baldwin’s latest Fresh Files as he works out down at Stanford.