Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, unhappy with his current contract, said a holdout from the start of training camp is “definitely possible,” in a phone conversation Monday, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports.
Bennett said that he is willing to accept the hefty fines that come with missing training camp to further state his dissatisfaction with the four-year, $28.5 million contract ($16 million guaranteed) he signed in 2014. Bennett, who opted to re-sign with the Seahawks instead of signing as a free agent elsewhere, said he has outplayed his contract.
“I know a lot of people disagree because I don’t put up all the numbers, but if you watch the games, I’m doing good things,” he said. “They want me to play five positions but pay me for one.”
Bennett said there have been conversations between his representation and the Seahawks but there have been no indications if the team is willing to re-work his deal. Bennett, who had seven sacks last season and posted 24.5 in the past three seasons, missed Seattle’s voluntary workouts this offseason but attended mandatory minicamp.