“I don’t get the impression he’s fine with his contract,’‘ Schneider said. “But I think he recognizes it’s a team sport, and I’m sure he sees a couple of his teammates who have one year left on their contracts. He has two left on his. We have a couple guys that are going to be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season that we’d like to try to take care of as well.”
Schneider added that while Bennett isn’t with the team right now, a number of their players are also away right now.
“It’s always a rotating deal when you talk about everybody’s contract issues and everything,’‘ Schneider said. “(Bennett) is not here right now, but there are a couple other players who aren’t here. Cliff’s not here, Earl’s on his honeymoon and stuff. Michael is a guy that takes very good care of his body. He’s one hell of a football player.”
There had been talk dating back to last year that Bennett could be a holdout candidate, considering that he believes he’s outplayed his current contract.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported a few months ago that Bennett’s agent met with Seahawks’ brass about a new deal. However, there hasn’t been any buzz about a new contract since then.
Bennett, 30, signed four-year, $32 million contract that included $16 million guaranteed with the Seahawks a few years ago. He still has another two years remaining on his contract to go along with base salaries of $4 million (2016), and $6 million (2017).
In 2015, Bennett appeared in all 16 games and recorded 52 tackles, 10 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 5 edge defender out 110 qualifying players.
We’ll have more a new deal for Bennett as the news is available.