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.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2013
The fact that Michael Bennett has a torn rotator cuff as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported is an important fact.
The significance of that fact, however, has yet to be fully seen.
The injury didn’t stop Bennett from playing all 16 games last year and recording a career-high nine sacks. It also didn’t prevent the Seahawks from signing him to a one-year contract, which would be a foolish thing to do if the Seahawks didn’t expect him to be available.
Schefter’s report indicated the injury was a factor in Bennett’s decision to accept a one-year deal, pointing to the fact that other, multi-year offers may have been tempered by concern over his health.
So what does this all mean? Well, we’ll have to wait to find out. Because so far, there is a report of an injury that did not cause Bennett to miss a game in 2012 and we’ll have to wait and see if it impacts his availability this offseason.
It’s hard to imagine that Seattle would offer nearly $5 million to a player on a one-year deal if it didn’t expect him to be available that year. And if the injury is one of the reasons that led Bennett to wind up choosing a one-year deal, well, that would mean the injury was known by all parties before the deal was agreed to.
In summary: Let’s wait until we know before wringing hands about this injury.