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Seahawks make deal with Bennett official

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on March 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm with 22 Comments »
March 10, 2014 1:29 pm

Here’s the press release. We’re going to be hearing from Michael Bennett shortly. The deal has been reported by John Clayton as four years and $32 million, with $16 million guaranteed.

From the team:

Renton, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks have signed defensive end Michael Bennett to a multi-year deal, the team announced this afternoon.

Bennett signed with the Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013 and led Seattle with 8.5 sacks, playing in all 16 games with three starts. He added 31 tackles (18 solo), a team-leading 25 quarterback hits, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery that was returned for a touchdown. During the team’s Super Bowl championship run, Bennett played in three games with one start, finishing with 11 tackles (six solo), tying Cliff Avril for the team-lead with 1.5 sacks and adding two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Originally signed by Seattle on April 26, 2009 as an undrafted rookie free agent, he was inactive for the first four games of the season before being released on October 10 when Seattle needed to make a transaction to add an offensive lineman to the injured unit.

He was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 12, 2009 and played in 50 games with 28 starts from 2009-2012, including starting all 16 games in 2012 when he posted a team and career-high 9.0 sacks.

Bennett has totaled 145 tackles (102 solo), 23.5 sacks, two passes defensed, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one touchdown in his career.

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  1. vichawkfan says:

    @ProFootballTalk: DE Michael Bennett takes less to stay in Seattle, via a four-year, $28.5 million contract http://t.co/YORfFV8X3x

  2. The tweet from Schefter to the right says 4 years, $28.5m.

  3. A way better deal than I expected Bennett to take. I’m excited to see what the Hawks do next, and I’m hoping its bring Tate back at a reasonable rate. Lets keep the band together

  4. vichawkfan says:

    Two things. He probably couldn’t stand listening to his brother chirp constantly and second, does Clayton ever get anything nailed down anymore?

  5. Great that the deal seems reasonable for both sides.

    I hope Clemons can stay, maybe at a lower salary on a 2 year contract? Here is Clemons current contract, as per Spotrac

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/seattle-seahawks/chris-clemons/

  6. FleaFlicker says:

    $7 million a year. That’s fair. Well done by the front office.

  7. FleaFlicker says:

    And hopefully that cap hit is front loaded to help us next year

  8. seaturkeys says:

    Very good!

  9. SaigonSun says:

    Good deal. I’m very happy for everyone

  10. Wow, 28.5 million for four years? Thats really a great deal! He got his money, we got our guy at a price we can afford. Win-win!

    You paying attention Tate?! Dont go to the stinking Jets, baby! You know you wanna win with RW!

    Besides, I swore I’d actually by an authentic Tate jersey if we won the SB and you re-sign with us, so make me pony up the dough dude! Make the cheap bastard spend some money on Hawks gear for a change! (Im so cheap my bro gave me his D-jack jersey and I have a Largent practice jersey from the 80′s…I dont even have a Seahawks hat any more!)…

  11. 28.5 or 32, its still a good deal either way. Awesome!

  12. No state income tax helps.

  13. Oldslow–Yup. Agreed. Gotta love it!

  14. SandpointHawk says:

    Great news on Michael B’s return…

    However the state taxes don’t mean much for more than eight home games. They must pay out-of-state taxes on most away games…

    http://www.accountingweb.com/article/nfl-players-versus-irs-its-tough-tackle/222629

    http://articles.latimes.com/2009/apr/12/sports/sp-jock-tax12

  15. Southendzone says:

    Given the out of state jock taxes, you could negotiate terms of the contract to pay your signing bonus in a year when you expect to play LESS out of state games in locations with state income tax.

    That would be a sweet ploy, I wonder if any agents thought of it yet. if not, please direct them to send a portion of the proceeds, in the form of cash and NFL memorabilia to my PO BOX.

  16. Pretty sure you get the signing bonus all at once, it’s just prorated for cap purposes

  17. Southendzone says:

    exactly, so you could say you want your signing bonus put into a guaranteed roster bonus paid in year 2 if in year 1 you will be playing in more out of state games.

  18. Good deal.

    The Hawks don’t have any money to be going after o-lineman. Forget about that. Maybe Breno to a cheap deal. I guess some didn’t learn anything from watching them win the SB with that line. And they still have Tate to sign and multiple deals coming up. FUHGET ABOUT IT.

  19. DanielleMND says:

    Great news to wake up to!

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