Staying in the nest: Seahawks retain Bennett

The Seattle Seahawks have signed Michael Bennett to a multiyear contract extension, stopping the defensive finish from changing into an unrestricted free agent.

League sources confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Bennett signed a 4-12 months, $28.5 million deal, with $16 million guaranteed.

Bennett will make $10 million in the first yr, $6 million in the second yr, $5 million in the third yr and $7.5 million in the final 12 months.

Two teams offered more, sources advised Schefter, but Bennett opted to remain in Seattle.

The Seahawks introduced the deal through Twitter on Monday, someday before the beginning of free agency.

Bennett also took to Twitter, praising Seahawks fans.

Bennett was Seattle's best defensive lineman in 2013 after signing a one-12 months deal value $4.8 million. He performed his first 4 seasons with Tampa Bay after the Seahawks launched him as an undrafted rookie in 2009.

"I imply, I all the time guess on myself and consider in myself and my talents, and being able to come here and get an opportunity to play with these guys, I knew it was going to be particular," Bennett said on Feb. 5.

The 6-foot-four Bennett was every thing and more the Seahawks hoped he would be when they brought him again for the 2013 season. He had eight.5 sacks within the regular season together with one compelled fumble and one fumble recovery, which he returned 22 yards for a touchdown.

Bennett's versatility and quickness were major assets for Seattle, and he played each finish and tackle.

He had six tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble restoration and a half-sack in the Seahawks' divisional-spherical playoff recreation towards New Orleans. He stored it up in the NFC Championship Sport, posting a sack and recovering a fumble that he returned 17 yards to San Francisco's 6-yard line.

From the time Seattle was finished celebrating its first Tremendous Bowl championship, Bennett indicated a need to stick with the Seahawks – however for the fitting worth. He knew this was his likelihood to money in on a giant contract as an unrestricted free agent. It is why he waited until after teams may start speaking with agents concerning unrestricted free brokers and seeing what was accessible on the market before deciding on a return to Seattle.

"I like the group, I love my teammates. I mean, Pete [Carroll] does a great job of letting us play, so I wish to be a part of that," Bennett mentioned after the team's victory parade. "I know we are able to return and win the Super Bowl once more with all of these guys, but it surely's a enterprise. But I undoubtedly wish to be back."

Seattle appeared to understand what it would take to retain Bennett. The Seahawks parted with defensive finish Red Bryant and huge receiver Sidney Rice to create additional cap house.

Carroll and common supervisor John Schneider have been steadfast that their top priorities in free company have been retaining players and never making big splashes by signing others. Bennett was on the prime of the checklist, with receiver Golden Tate not far behind.

"We wish this team together, we need to see if we can keep this staff together," Carroll stated after the Tremendous Bowl. "Each decision is difficult that we have now to face, and guys that are on the end of their contracts, these are huge issues for us. We love the guys, we love what they do and what they bring about, and we'd like to maintain this collectively as greatest as we can."

 

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