Michael Bennett RUMORS & NEWS

  • Seahawk Michael Bennett: Winning another Super Bowl more important than contract issues this off-season

    Seattle Times "A year ago at this time, Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett was contemplating a training camp holdout in search of a new contract. Now, with his contract situation the same but after a season in which he added only more evidence to back up his contention that he has outplayed the..." May 22

  • Seahawks DE Michael Bennett 'feeling really defensive MVP-ish'

    ESPN "Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is coming off a career season in which he notched 10 sacks and earned his first Pro Bowl berth. In 2016, he's setting his sights even higher. "I'm feeling really defensive MVP-ish right now, the way I've been training, the way that my body..." May 21

  • Seahawks' Bennett rips Bradford

    TSN "Seattle Seahawks DE Michael Bennett and Sam Bradford have something in common. They would each like their current situations with their teams to be improved, in one way or another. But Bennett said Bradford went about his complaints the wrong way. "I listened to Sam Bradford again. I just..." May 20

  • Ex-teammate Michael Bennett thinks Marshawn Lynch is retired "for right now."

    Seattle Times "Seahawk defensive lineman Michael Bennett continued his run of media appearances this week promoting events for his foundation this weekend with a stint on The Rich Eisen Show Thursday. It was predictably entertaining as Bennett touched on the future of the Seahawks, his own future with the..." May 20

  • Seahawks GM: Michael Bennett not 'fine' with current deal

    NFL.com "Michael Bennett still wants a pay raise. The Seattle Seahawks pass rusher is currently sitting out voluntary workouts in hopes the team will re-do his contract. General manager John Schneider told Pro Football Talk on Wednesday he doesn't get the sense Bennett is happy with the four-year, $32..." May 12

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Seahawks DE Michael Bennett's new agents at Relativity Sports, who did the Lynch extension last year, met with team brass about a new deal

  • Fellow Pro Bowlers can't believe Seahawks' Bennett is playing in game for 1st time

    The Score "Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is recognized as one of the best players at his position, but his play had never earned him a Pro Bowl berth before this season, a fact that many of his fellow Pro Bowlers couldn't believe. "This isn't his first one?" San Francisco 49ers left..." January 31

  • Seahawks' Michael Bennett: Todd Gurley is 'average'

    USA Today "Never shy to share his opinion, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett had no interest in talking up the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, even after a 23-17 loss to his division rival. Bennett left the game unimpressed with Rams running back Todd Gurley, a contender for Offensive Rookie of the..." December 28

  • “He’s the punter!” Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett not pleased by Hekker

    Tacoma News Tribune "Only noble, almost unbelievable restraint kept Cliff Avril from drilling the Rams’ punter into 2016. Johnny Hekker of St. Louis hit the Seahawks’ defensive end from the side unnecessarily while Hekker’s punt was airborne in the second quarter of Seattle’s 23-17 loss Sunday. Avril fell, got up —..." December 28

  • Michael Bennett defends Russell Wilson as 'very elite' QB

    ESPN "Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett came to the defense of Russell Wilson on Thursday when asked about comments made by Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine earlier in the week. "Obviously he's not good at picking quarterbacks," Bennett said during an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle...." December 18

  • Michael Bennett: NFL referees have ‘always been terrible’

    Larry Brown Sports "If you think the officiating has been particular bad in the NFL this season, you haven’t been paying attention in years past. That’s how Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett feels, at least. In a lengthy interview that will appear in the Dec. 21 issue of Sports Illustrated,..." December 18

  • Michael Bennett: I wouldn't want Hardy in locker room

    NFL.com "Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett joined NFL Network's GameDay Morning on Sunday and spoke about Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy and the domestic violence incident involving Hardy and his ex-girlfriend. "I'm a father of three daughters so any man that beats a woman, I think that's..." November 08

  • Seattle DE Michael Bennett calls out 'classless' Jason Garrett

    Dallas Morning News "When Ricardo Lockette went down on a violent collision with Jeff Heath and was in the process of being stretchered off the field, the Seahawks and Cowboys exchanged some heated words. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was in the middle of it. He said after the game he was upset because he..." November 02

  • Michael Bennett: Offensive lines are bad because QBs are paid too much

    CBS Sports "There are many people in and around the NFL that believe the league has an offensive line crisis. There are many theories about the cause of this supposed crisis. This is what former Saints and Browns lineman (and current O-Line academy instructor) LeCharles Bentley told Pete Prisco he believes..." October 08

  • Michael Bennett doesn't like Dallas-native Stafford because 'they killed the president'

    Fox Sports "Michael Bennett took great joy in Monday night's win against the Detroit Lions. Not only did the Seattle Seahawks move to 2-2, but the defensive end was able to beat quarterback Matthew Stafford, someone he's apparently not very fond of. Bennett, known for his bold statements, let loose in..." October 06

  • Michael Bennett says Seahawks should give Kam Chancellor raise

    ESPN "Strong safety Kam Chancellor was the story of the Seattle Seahawks' early season as he held out through training camp and the first two games looking for a raise. Teammate Michael Bennett let America know he thinks Chancellor deserves more money following the Seahawks' 13-10 victory over the..." October 06

  • Michael Bennett wanted to hold out like Kam Chancellor but his wife wouldn't let him

    Pro Football Talk "It’s widely believed that the Seahawks have drawn a line in the sand with safety Kam Chancellor because they fear that, if they don’t, they’ll be confronted by other veteran players who want to redo deals that have multiple years left on them. At the top of the list is defensive end Michael..." September 19

  • Michael Bennett: Seahawks miss Kam Chancellor's approach, leadership

    ESPN "Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said Thursday that, while he holds no ill will toward Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor and even supports him during his holdout, Chancellor's absence has clearly been felt. "We miss Kam Chancellor, not just the way that he plays, but the way that he..." September 18

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    Arrowhead Pride @ArrowheadPride

    NFL spokesman says Seahawks' Michael Bennett fined $17k for that roughing the passer hit on Alex Smith

  • Michael Bennett lashes out at quarterback salaries, attitudes

    Fox Sports "Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett wants a new contract so bad he’s now turned to verbally tearing down quarterbacks around the league. During a Tuesday interview on 710 ESPN Seattle, the 29-year-old ripped Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill for signing a six-year contract..." August 26

  • Michael Bennett talks great trash to star quarterbacks

    Larry Brown Sports "Michael Bennett is one of the more outspoken, funnier players in the NFL, so it’s no surprise to hear that he also talks some great trash to opposing quarterbacks. In a feature with Seattle Met, the Seahawks defensive lineman spoke unfiltered and shared his opinions on a range of subjects. One..." August 16

  • Michael Bennett fumes about Seahawks' recent contract extensions

    The Score "It was a matter of time before the Seattle Seahawks' loaded roster became financially unsustainable, and defensive end Michael Bennett is leading the contract grumblings. Bennett signed a four-year, $28.5-million extension with the Seahawks, a month after the team captured Super Bowl XLVIII,..." August 07

  • Michael Bennett fears middle men being priced out with Seahawks deals

    ESPN "The Seahawks rewarded two of their stars with new contracts in recent weeks, but defensive end Michael Bennett fears Seattle's middle men might eventually be casualties of the spending spree. The Seahawks resolved contract disputes with quarterback Russell Wilson (four-year, $87.6 million deal)..." August 06

  • Seahawks DL Bennett: Training camp holdout 'definitely possible'

    NFL.com "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. Bennett said that he is willing to accept the hefty fines that come with missing training camp to further state his..." June 30

  • Bennett seeking new contract, could stay in Hawaii when Seahawks open training camp

    Khon 2 "The East Honolulu resident is seeking a new contract, one that pays him as a top eight player at his position in the NFL. In March 2014, Bennett was re-signed by the Seahawks to a four-year, $28.5 million contract with $16 million guaranteed, currently ranking him No. 13 among defensive ends in..." June 28

  • Michael Bennett: Playing for Pete Carroll is “like playing for Willy Wonka”

    The News Tribune "Michael Bennett appeared in a telephone interview from his Seattle-area home on 750 The Game radio in Portland this week — and had what may be the most apt description yet of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll from one of his players. “It’s like playing for Willy Wonka,” the disruptive, and always..." May 22

  • Michael Bennett: Playing for Pete Carroll like 'playing for Willy Wonka'

    CBS Sports "Three head coaches comprise Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett's coaching history: Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, and Pete Carroll. It appears Bennett has found his favorite of the bunch. During a radio appearance with 750 AM The Game, Bennett described his current coach, Carroll, in a..." May 21

  • Seahawks’ Michael Bennett Denies Trade Request but Wants a Raise

    Sportsnaut "It was reported recently that Seattle Seahawks’ defensive end Michael Bennett was seeking a trade. Bennett attempted to set the record straight himself by explaining that looking for a raise does not equate to wanting to be traded (via King 5 TV). I think everyone who has a job, they want a..." May 08

  • Report: Michael Bennett wants Seahawks to trade him

    Cover32 "This next story is a nice reminder that there’s a reason why we hear player rumors and report on them. Many of them turn out not to be true, but sometimes where there’s smoke there’s fire. A few weeks ago we passed along a report that Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett wanted to be..." May 07

  • Seahawks DE Michael Bennett denies trade report; still ‘feels the same way’ about Jimmy Graham

    Herald Net "Michael Bennett made an unscheduled appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle Thursday, making his first public comments of the offseason, and as is almost always the case with the Seahawks’ defensive end, Bennett had some interesting things to say. Two topics in particular that involve Bennett have come..." April 09

  • Report: Michael Bennett wants trade to Atlanta, new contract

    Pro Football Talk "Maybe there’s a reason Greg Hardy’s taking a trip to Seattle. Apparently, one of their pass-rushers wants out, which would create an opening. According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Seahawks defensive end Bennett is seeking a trade to the Falcons, and wants a new..." March 17

  • Michael Bennett's hands are indispensable to the Seahawks

    SB Nation "What sets Michael Bennett apart from so many of his peers? Hand fighting. It's become an essential part of the team's defensive philosophy. In an alternate dimension, where Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler hesitates even a half-second before breaking on Russell Wilson's pass to Ricardo..." February 09

  • Richard Sherman And Michael Bennett Savage The NCAA "Scam"

    Deadspin "Pretty much everything was asked about during the three days of press conferences during Super Bowl week. Few answers were as good as the Seahawks' Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett on the NCAA, which Bennett called "one of the biggest scams in America." Sherman highlights: "I don't think..." January 30

  • Michael Bennett: Mark Sanchez trying to impersonate good QB

    NFL.com "The Seattle Seahawks were unimpressed by the Eagles and Chip Kelly's offense in a 24-14 victory Sunday in Philadelphia. Richard Sherman dismissed the current group of Eagles wide receivers. Michael Bennett took aim at quarterback Mark Sanchez. "Tell the Philadelphia police to put an ABP out...." December 08

  • Michael Bennett says Marshawn Lynch “should be paid”

    Seattle Times "So far, Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch — who is thinking of staging a holdout of mini-camp in an attempt to get more money from the Seahawks — is getting only support from his teammates. Center Max Unger said last week that as long as Lynch performs on Sundays, whatever Lynch does is fine..." June 17

  • Seahawks agree to four-year deal with Michael Bennett

    CBS Sports "A year after finding a soft free-agent market -- and parlaying a one-year deal into a Super Bowl ring -- Michael Bennett is finally getting paid. The Seahawks defensive end get his cake and eat it too, agreeing to a four-year deal with Seattle that will pay him $32 million. The Seahawks..." March 11

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    Brad Biggs @BradBiggs

    One source says #Bears offering $8.5 million per year for Michael Bennett and #Seahawks at $8 million annually. That is word around league.

  • 49ers could make a run at Michael Bennett

    Pro Football Talk "The NFC West arms race could get very interesting this year. Last month, it was reported that the Seahawks will re-sign defensive end Michael Bennett. They haven’t. As of tomorrow, he officially can negotiate with other teams. The negotiations already are occurring, discreetly and..." March 08

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Seattle DE Michael Bennett will be testing the free agent market and will not be re-signing with the Seahawks before March 11th, per source.

  • No tag for Michael Bennett

    Pro Football Talk "As we move closer to the annual deadline for applying the franchise tag, here’s another guy who won’t be restricted with the kind of restriction we’d all like — a guaranteed eight-figure payday. Per a league source, the Seahawks won’t be applying the franchise tag to defensive end Michael..." March 03

  • Michael Bennett on hometown discounts: This is not Costco, this is real life

    Pro Football Talk "Since winning the Super Bowl, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett’s attention has turned toward his impending free agency. Bennett has said that he would like to return to the Seahawks, who he joined on a one-year, $5 million deal last offseason. He’s also made it clear that such a contract..." February 12

  • Michael Bennett “100 percent” wants to stay in Seattle

    Pro Football Talk "Last year, the Seahawks signed defensive lineman Michael Bennett to a bargain-basement, one-year, $5 million deal. This year, it won’t be as cheap to keep Bennett around. But he wants to stay. Per our own Curtis Crabtree, who covers the team for KJR radio, Bennett said Wednesday negotiations..." February 06

  • Nothing imminent for Seahawks, Michael Bennett

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, the Seahawks would like to re-sign defensive end Michael Bennett. No, it’s not happening soon. Per a league source with nothing of the situation, a new deal between the Seahawks and Bennett is not imminent. Earlier this afternoon, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the Seahawks..." February 02

  • Michael Bennett’s sack dance may not be ready for prime time

    Pro Football Talk "When the Seahawks take on the Broncos in New Jersey eight days from now, Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett possibly will sack Peyton Manning. If Bennett, who has 10 total sacks in the 2013 regular season and postseason, can get to Manning, Bennett likely will break out a sack dance that may..." January 26

  • Unlike bro Martellus, Seahawks’ Michael Bennett does job quietly

    New York Post "Michael Bennett looks like his younger brother, sounds like his younger brother and excels in the NFL just like his younger brother. Just don’t expect the Seahawks’ veteran defensive lineman to promote himself like Martellus Bennett, the flamboyant former Giants tight end who even gave himself..." January 25

  • Michael Bennett calls Jimmy Graham 'soft,' 'overrated'

    SB Nation "Before Saturday's Divisional round game, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham did a little school yard jawing with some players from the Seahawks. He knocked off someone's chapeau, but it never lived up to the scrape Twitter made it out to be. However, Graham gave the kids at home a good lesson about..." January 12

  • Michael Bennett fined $15,570 for personal foul in Atlanta game

    Seattle Times "Friday is the day when the NFL fines for games the previous weekend are officially revealed. Two this week occurred in Sunday’s Seattle-Atlanta game. Seattle’s Michael Bennett was fined $15,570 for his hit at the legs of Atlanta QB Matt Ryan, a play on which he also received a personal..." November 15

  • Seahawks Michael Bennett taken to hospital with back injury

    NFL.com "Two key defensive players were knocked out of Seattle's visit to Houston on Sunday. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was taken off the field on a stretcher during the game against the Texans after suffering a lower back injury late in the second quarter. Bennett was hit awkwardly in..." September 29

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    Adam Schefter @

    Seahaws DE Michael Bennett, who left Tampa for Seattle, was diagnosed with torn rotator cuff. Injury why Bennett got a 1-yr deal in SEA.

  • Michael Bennett thanks Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he tests free-agency

    Tampa Tribune "Michael Bennett knows his chance to make tens of millions of dollars playing defensive end in the NFL was not borne solely out of God-given talent, hard work and dedication. He realizes it was also borne, at least in part, out of an opportunity the Bucs gave him when he was on the street..." March 11

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