Michael Bennett signs 4-year deal to stay in Seattle

  • Mon Mar 10th, 2014 12:53pm
  • Sports

Herald staff

The Seattle Seahawks have confirmed they have reached a contract agreement with defensive lineman Michael Bennett.

The deal reportedly is for four years and $32 million, with $16 million guaranteed.

General manager John Schneider said last month that re-signing Bennett was the team’s “top priority” in free agency. “He had a great season. Proved to be versatile. … Hopefully we can get something worked out,” Schneider said at the NFL’s scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Recently on the NFL Network, Bennett was asked about giving the Seahawks a “hometown” discount of sorts since they first signed him, then he blossomed there last season.

“There is no such thing as discount,” Bennett responded. “This is not Costco, this is not Walmart — this is real life … There is no discount really because you go out there and you don’t give a discount on effort; you go out there and you give the best effort every day and you fight for your teammates, and you want to be compensated for the way that you perform and the kind of teammate you are.”

Bennett, 28, led the Seahawks with 8.5 sacks, was a force in the playoffs and in the Super Bowl. He’s also a gregarious guy who fit well in the loose and young Seahawks locker room.