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March 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Michael Bennett re-signs with Seahawks UPDATED

The Seahawks have re-signed pending free agent defensive end Michael Bennett.

He is at the team’s Renton facility and has signed his contract and will soon meet with the media. There are reports that it is a four-year worth $28 million with $16 million guaranteed.

(A source has since confirmed to the Times that these are the contract details for Bennett: $28.5 million over four years with $10 million guaranteed in 2014 and $16 million guaranteed total).

Bennett and receiver Golden Tate are the team’s marquee free agents — officially, players with expiring contracts become free agents on Tuesday.

Several teams, notably the Bears, figured to make a hard run at Bennett (in fact, the Bears are reported to be one of two teams that offered more). But the Seahawks were able to get him locked up before the signing period begins on Tuesday.

Bennett confirmed that he had offers worth more money but wanted to stay with the Seahawks.

“It’s really exciting to be back and be on a Super Bowl winning team and play with these guys knowing that we have another chance to win another Super Bowl is a great feeling,” Bennett said.

“I don’t know if there was any doubt (about staying) but there was a lot of speculation and a lot of teams tried to get me to come there. But ultimately I wanted to come back and get a chance to play with these guys and win some more games.”

Bennett led the team with 8.5 sacks in 2013 after signing a one-year deal worth $4.8 million after having played the previous four years with Tampa Bay.

Here is the team’s official release on Bennett:

The Seattle Seahawks have signed defensive end Michael Bennett to a multi-year deal, the team announced this afternoon.

Bennett signed with the Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013 and led Seattle with 8.5 sacks, playing in all 16 games with three starts. He added 31 tackles (18 solo), a team-leading 25 quarterback hits, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery that was returned for a touchdown. During the team’s Super Bowl championship run, Bennett played in three games with one start, finishing with 11 tackles (six solo), tying Cliff Avril for the team-lead with 1.5 sacks and adding two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Originally signed by Seattle on April 26, 2009 as an undrafted rookie free agent, he was inactive for the first four games of the season before being released on October 10 when Seattle needed to make a transaction to add an offensive lineman to the injured unit.

He was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 12, 2009 and played in 50 games with 28 starts from 2009-2012, including starting all 16 games in 2012 when he posted a team and career-high 9.0 sacks.

Bennett has totaled 145 tackles (102 solo), 23.5 sacks, two passes defensed, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one touchdown in his career.



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