The Seahawks have re-signed free agent defensive lineman Michael Bennett to a four-year deal, reports Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.
This is good news for Seattle's pass rush and their ability to play a multiple rotation on their defensive line. The terms have not yet been officially disclosed, but as of right now, the updated terms are thus:
Per Ian Rapoport, Adam Schefter, and Mike Florio, it's four years for $28.5M with $10M coming in 2014, $16M over the first two years, and $21M over three. $16M of it is guaranteed. The per-year average would come out to $7.125M, which is actually lower than most had been projecting. It also is apparently less than what he was offered elsewhere.
Bennett came in as ProFootballFocus' number-one rated free agent in the NFL this year after the franchise tagging had come and gone, and was a mainstay on the Seahawks' defensive line as he moved around from 3-technique on the interior to 5-technique on the strongside edge. He was incredibly durable and played with great effort and energy on pretty much every snap, plus he provided a berserker's intensity that was contagious down the line.
Rotoworld's Josh Norris has a saying: "disruption is production", and it's something I completely agree with and buy into with regards to building a defensive line. Bennett completely changes the complexion of the Seahawks' defensive line because he is so damn effective from wherever he lines up. He had 8 sacks in 2013, but also contributed 17 QB hits, 39 QB hurries, registering the 3rd best Pass Rushing Productivity by a 4-3 defensive end, according to PFF, behind only Robert Quinn and Cameron Wake. If you designated him as a DT (which is his main role with Seattle), his Pass Rushing Productivity grade would have been best in the NFL. Even if you don't buy much into PFF's grading scale, Bennett's disruptive nature and playmaking ability is as clear as day on film.