Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett and linebacker Malcolm Smith appeared in-studio this morning on NFL Network’s NFL AM, part of a continuing string of appearances by Seattle players in the wake of the Super Bowl.
Bennett will also be on NFL Total Access tonight at 5:00, and fullback Michael Robinson will be a guest analyst on NFL Total Access tonight, Wednesday and Thursday.
You can see some of the appearance of Bennett and Smith today here.
Bennett, who is now an unrestricted free agent and figures to be one of the top defensive ends available, was asked again if he’d like to return to Seattle and repeated what he has said all along — that he hopes it works out for him to stay.
“I definitely want to come back,” he said. “Obviously that’s a great team and a great organization. There are a lot of young guys that are only getting better; Malcolm Smith, he’s just a young guy, he’s becoming a player in this league. K.J. Wright on the defensive line – just a lot of guys over there. I definitely want to get a chance to come back but it’s a business so I definitely have to do what’s best for my family. But if they want me, I’ll be there.”
Smith, asked about Bennett, said: “We need him. He’s a weapon for us at all positions, different spots. Just brings an attitude when he comes on the field. We have guys that come on the field on third down like Mike and just are relentless; great effort, jumps off tape and he’s going to make plays. Why would you not want that?”
Bennett was also asked about playing well for a team and then not being brought back, as happened after the 2012 season with Tampa Bay, and said: “You feel a certain type of way but at the end of the day, it is a business and you have to understand their point of view and understand my point of view. I have to move on because they have their guys and I have to go do what’s best for my family. In the situation I’m in now, I fell into one of the best situations. I’m blessed to be on the team and play under a coach like Pete Carroll and play with the guys on that team.”