Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett signed a one-year deal for about $5 million before the season and is now an unrestricted free agent. He provided the Seahawks with versatility — he could play any position along the line — and was also Seattle’s most productive defensive lineman.
Re-signing Bennett is thought to be one of Seattle’s biggest offseason priorities, but he should command heavy interest from other teams after leading the Seahawks in sacks, Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times reports.
“I want to be back here, 100 percent,” Bennett said. “I love the team, I love my teammates. Pete does a great job of letting us play. I want to be a part of that. I know we can go back and win a Super Bowl again with all these guys. It’s a business, but I definitely want to be back.”
Bennett said he turned down more money and multiyear offers to sign with the Seahawks for one season. But he also said, “Any player in any sport wants a multiyear deal.”
Bennett’s younger brother, Martellus, is a tight end with the Chicago Bears and has said that he would like Michael to play with him. Bennett said that wouldn’t matter much in his decision.
“I know he wants me to come out there and get a chance to play with him,” Bennett said. “But I’m definitely a Seahawk, and I definitely want to be here for the rest of my career.”