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Seahawks’ Michael Bennett planning to run for president in 2020?

Michael Bennett

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett may be one of the better players in the NFL, but he has career aspirations that go far beyond the gridiron. That is if his claim that he is planning to run for president in 2020 isn’t merely bluster.

According to a tweet from SiriusXM NFL Radio, Bennett recently declared his intent to run for the highest office in all the land in four years.

Bennett cited Donald Trump’s arguably improbable nomination this presidential election cycle as a motivating factor.

Bennett of course is one of the most outspoken, opinionated and thoughtful players in the NFL, but he’s extremely well-read and has many interests outside of football, as highlighted by his decision to start a book club for his Seahawks teammates.

Politics apparently is of great interest to Bennett, too. So much so that it is frequently a topic of conversation among he and his teammates, although the discussions often involve disagreements.

“We always talk about politics,” he said. “It has a lot to do with what goes on around the world. We like to talk about it and like to be a part of it.”

Bennett said earlier this summer that he was more focused on Donald Trump’s “quote-unquote campaign” than he was on worrying about securing a contract extension with the Seahawks, so he’s clearly paying attention.

Bennett did endorse Bernie Sanders last December in this election cycle, something that presumably summarizes his political leanings and what kind of platform he’d run on. Bennett will also be 35 years old on Inauguration Day and is a natural-born U.S. citizen, so he satisfies at least those aspects of the most basic criteria for a presidential run.

We’ll have to wait and see if Bennett is actually serious about a presidential bid or simply blowing smoke. Either way, a potential run may prove to be a savvy negotiating tactic and compelling bargaining chip as he tries to land that contract extension with the Seahawks he so covets. Or definitely not.

[CBS Sports]