Seahawks impending free agent DE Michael Bennett told reporters that he “100 percent” wants to be back in Seattle next year.
“I want to be back here 100 percent. I love the team, I love my teammates,” Bennett said, via the Everett Herald. “Pete does a great job of letting us play, so I want to be a part of that. I know we can go back and win a Super Bowl again with all these guys. It’s a business, but I definitely want to be back.”
Bennett’s brother, Martellus, is trying to recruit him to sign with the Bears this offseason, but it appears as though that alone won’t be enough to convince him to leave Seattle.
“That doesn’t matter much,” he said. “I know he wants me to come out there and get a chance to play with him, but I’m definitely a Seahawk and I definitely want to be here for the rest of my career.”
Bennett, 28, was forced to sign a one-year contract worth $5 million with the Seahawks, despite coming off of a decent 2012 season for the Buccaneers in 2012. The floor seemed to fall out of the defensive end market last year, which led to a number of players accepting limited contracts including: John Abraham, Dwight Freeney, and Shaun Phillips.
Bennett did his best to increase his market value this year by recording 8.5 sacks for the Seahawks defense. Pro Football Focus actually has had him rated as a top-10 4-3 defensive end for the past two years, so he has clearly earned a long-term deal.
We have Bennett listed as the No. 8 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.