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The Seattle Seahawks would like to have Michael Bennett back, and he would like to stay in Seattle, per John Boyle of The Herald (h/t Kevin Patra of NFL.com).
That said, Bennett won't take a "hometown discount" to stay, telling NFL Network, "This is not Costco, this is not Walmart, this is real life," as reported by SeattlePI.com’s Nick Eaton.
Assuming the two sides fail to come to an agreement, Bennett will be another pass-rusher who finds a hot market for his services.
Bennett has now put together back-to-back seasons of impressive football and will never find a better time to make some cash.
Not only is he an exceptional edge-rusher, but he can also play in the middle just as effectively, as he did about a third of the time for Seattle this year. Bennett was able to stop the run inside, shift outside to bring pressure on the quarterback and then shift back inside.
He did see a slight dip in tackles this past regular season, getting 31 combined versus 41 the previous season, but came close to the same sack total (8.5 in 2013 versus nine in 2012). He added 1.5 sacks in the postseason and had 17 quarterback hits and 51 quarterback hurries, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
Bennett needs to find the right fit to succeed, one that will allow him to take advantage of his skills to the fullest. If he lands on a team that can effectively shift him inside and out, he will easily hit totals along the lines of what we saw this year.
If not, don’t be surprised if you see a dip in his stat line.