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: