Seahawks deny reports that Michael Bennett has requested trade
The Seattle Seahawks reportedly have denied a report that defensive end Michael Bennett has requested a trade, according to an ESPN report.
The original reporting regarding Bennett’s requested trade came from Clarence Hill, the Dallas Cowboys beat writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Hill alleges that Bennett has asked to be traded to the Atlanta Falcons to go along with a new contract.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter has indicated Seahawks officials informed him that the team has no knowledge of Bennett’s reported trade demands.
Bennett last March signed a four-year, $28.5 million contract with the then-Super Bowl champion Seahawks, with $16 million of the deal guaranteed. Before the deal was consummated between himself and the Seahawks, Bennett indicated he would be providing the team no discount.
“There is no such thing as discount,” he said at the time. “This isn’t Costco, this isn’t Walmart. This is real life.”
Bennett is owed $6 million in base pay and a $2 million signing bonus for the 2015 season, a huge jump from the $2 million base, $2 million bonus he was paid last season.
The Seahawks reportedly are interested in pursuing defensive ends in free agency, including Chris Canty and Anthony Spencer. It’s also believed the team will bring in Greg Hardy — who currently is meeting with the Cowboys — for a visit in the coming days. The extent to which the fact that Seattle is interested in defensive ends available on the free agent market and Bennett’s purported desire to join the Atlanta Falcons is unclear, if there is any correlation at all.
Bennett has played in every game during his two seasons with the Seahawks. He made 38 combined tackles and amassed seven sacks during his 2014 campaign.