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Report: Seahawks to meet with Michael Bennett about new contract

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The Seattle Seahawks are set to meet with Michael Bennett’s camp to work out terms on a new contract, according to reports from both the Seattle Times and ESPN.

A source has confirmed to the Times that Bennett’s new agent, Doug Hendrickson, will have an audience with the Seahawks at some point this week.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson is reporting that a two- to three-year extension is desired by Bennett and his agent.

Bennett currently is playing under the terms of a four-year, $28.5 million deal signed in March of 2014. The standout lineman will be paid base salaries of $4 million and $6 million on the remaining two years of the deal.

Several of Bennett’s defensive lineman peers have enjoyed a substantial financial windfall courtesy of big deals since Bennett put pen to paper, something that has caused him to bemoan that he’s underpaid.

Bennett stands as the 26th-highest paid defensive lineman in the NFL, earning an average of $7.125 million per year. Fifteen players rated above Bennett make $10 million or more per season. Only three of the 25 players ahead of him haven’t signed new deals since Bennett’s 2014 contract.

Calling himself “definitely one of the top five defensive ends” in the NFL, Bennett didn’t pull any punches when complaining about his current deal during a recent interview.

“It is never-ending,” Bennett told Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post. “Especially when people are getting new contracts every day. You sit there and you’re like, ‘Damn, really?’ I’m just to the point where it’s kind of like, if you don’t think I’m valuable, then just get rid of me.”

Bennett obviously wasn’t forced or coerced in any manner to agree to the terms of his 2014 contract. But the market definitely has witnessed a staggering increase since then in player salaries at the end position. With talks expected, it’s up to the Seahawks and Bennett’s agent to come up with a number that makes both parties happy.

Given the Seahawks only have $8.5 million remaining in salary cap space ahead of the 2016 season — Bennett’s cap hit already stands at $7 million — arriving at a workable number may prove difficult.