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Seahawks DE Michael Bennett Says Holding Out Of Camp Is “Definitely Possible”

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett tells NFL Media’s Steve Wyche in a phone conversation Monday that holding out of training camp is “definitely possible.

According to Bennett, he’s willing to incur fines that would come from holding out of camp.

Bennett added that the Seahawks are getting a great deal with his contract given that he plays multiple positions in their defense.

I know a lot of people disagree because I don’t put up all the numbers, but if you watch the games, I’m doing good things,” Bennett said. “They want me to play five positions but pay me for one.

Bennett previously indicated that a holdout was a possibility, but it appears as though he’s more serious about this than it seemed.

Hawaii’s weather is great, so I’ll just keep it at that,” said Bennett, via KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello. “When the weather’s not as nice as it is here, it’s harder to make that decision, so it just keeps it in my mind like hopefully something great comes out of it, but I don’t mind staying home for a little while.

“Of course, I think I’ve outplayed the contract that they gave me,”  Bennett said. “It’s one of those things where you have to let your agent do the talking with the team and hopefully something good comes out of it. It never hurts to try.

Bennett, 29, signed four-year, $32 million contract that included $16 million guaranteed with the Seahawks in March of last year. He still has another three years remaining on the agreement to go along with base salaries of $6 million (2015), $4 million (2016), and $6 million (2017).

In 2014, Bennett appeared in all 16 games and recorded 39 tackles, seven sacks, and a forced fumble. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 2 defensive end in a 4-3 defense out of 59 qualifying players.