A report has surfaced on Friday morning that the Seattle Seahawks have indeed agreed to a three-year contract extension with defensive end Michael Bennett.
#Seahawks have agreed to three-year contract extension with Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett, per source.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) December 30, 2016
Bennett has played in 10 games this season, recording 32 tackles and four sacks. He just picked up a sack against Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, his first since Week 4. But Bennett was a Pro Bowler last season after a career-high 10 sacks and is the most versatile defensive lineman on the team, essentially playing any of the four spots upfront and maybe even Leo or outside linebacker as a standing edge rusher at times.
Recently turning 31, Bennett is a bit older than most players who the Seahawks usually extend, but the defensive end position is one that often sees guys remain effective into their mid-30s. Bennett’s deal had him signed next year at a cap hit of $9.5 million, so this would likely mean he’s signed through 2020 now. We’ll wait to see the contract details and if it may lower his 2017 cap hit so they can work something out with some other players and have a little more flexibility in free agency.
Update: The deal is reportedly three years, $33 million
That’s the same APY as Calais Campbell and Jordan Cameron, and almost the exact same extension that Michael Brockers signed with the LA Rams.
Update 2: Rap Sheet’s numbers are a little different, more team friendly
#Seahawks are signing DL Michael Bennett to a 3-yr extension worth $31.5M, source said. $17.5M in guarantees. Big payday for a 32-year old— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 30, 2016
Update 3: Agent Doug Hendrickson says that Bennett wanted to retire a Seahawk and that this will allow him to do that. Sounds like Bennett is content with this perhaps being his last contract. The Times article also states that Bennett will make $16 million in 2017, $6.5 million more than what his cap hit was set to be before the deal.
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