NFC West Notes: Michael Bennett holdout looming


Dec 28, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) tackles St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated St. Louis 20-6. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Updating the news feed from across the NFC West, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett may go through with his anticipated hold out over his current contract dispute. According to reports from Steve Wyche of, Bennett says it’s “definitely possible’ he misses the beginning of training camp.

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Bennett signed a four-year $28.5 million contract just last year, but is unhappy with what is being asked of him internally. Bennett defended his potential holdout when he stated “They want me to play five positions, but pay me for one.” Bennett opted to return to the Seahawks last year instead of exploring free agency, something many thought he would do.

Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) during timeout from the game against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

There are reports that both sides have been in contact, but there has been no definite indication from the team that they are willing to re-work his deal. Bennett skipped Seattle’s voluntary workouts, but was in attendance for mandatory minicamp. If Bennett decides to hold out, he faces a daily fine of $30,000.

Bennett led the Seahawks last year in sacks with seven, and has posted 24.5 in the past three years. Seattle is also engaged in talks with their potential franchise quarterback Russell Wilson, who is reportedly looking for one of the largest contracts in the league, and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. Both of these players will command  higher priority than Bennett.

Bennett had his chance to cash in last March when he became a free agent, but opted to take less money to stay with, what may become a perennial Super Bowl contender, Seattle. Look for this contract dispute to linger into the beginning of training camp, with the possibility of a lengthy hold out growing nearer everyday. Bennett, who lives in Hawaii during the offseason, wont find it too difficult to stay home a little longer in hopes for more money.