The Seattle Seahawks signed general manager John Schneider to a contract extension on Sunday, and now they're apparently also ready to at least discuss that possibility with defensive end Michael Bennett. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported on Monday morning that Bennett's agent Doug Hendrickson is apparently set to meet with the team "early this week" to talk contract.
Bennett has expressed an annoyance with his current deal for over a year now despite the fact that he re-signed with the team only two years ago. However, Bennett's playing time and impact with the team increased significantly since then and this year we've seen defensive lineman signing huge, record-breaking type deals including Olivier Vernon, Malik Jackson, Muhammad Wilkerson, and Fletcher Cox all getting deals with over $85 million in total value; Bennett's contract is worth $28.5 million over four years.
But he may be even more frustrated with contracts signed by guys like Vinny Curry ($46.2 million), Damon Harrison ($46.2), and that even Jason Pierre-Paul is going to make $10 million this season (on a new deal) despite people really having no idea if he'll ever recover from his damaged hand. Last season, we also saw teams re-up Mike Daniels (Packers, $41 million), Tyrone Crawford (Cowboys, $45 million), and Derek Wolfe ($36.7 million) and Bennett may be wondering why he can't also re-up, given that he made the Pro Bowl and notched a career-high 10 sacks while playing both inside and outside along the defensive line.
If the Seahawks do renegotiate Bennett's current deal with two years remaining however, it would seem to set a new precedent against the old policy to not make changes to any contract unless there's a year or less remaining before it expires. This "new" GM Schneider better know what he's doing.