According to ESPN.com's Sheil Kapadia, Bennett said the following regarding the All-Pro cornerback on SportsCenter:
I can't see him leaving. I think he's a staple in the community. He does everything you need to do. I think he's a great player. And I can't see our organization losing a talent like that. On and off the field leadership. I think Sherm is one of the best corners to play the game. If you look at his statistics, there hasn't been a guy that's had that many interceptions in a short span of his career.
I think he's a great player, and I don't think that we would ever trade him. I don't think that there's anything they could trade for him unless it was like three first-round picks or something. You don't lose a guy like that. A guy that shuts down half of the field. A guy like that. He shuts every receiver down.
Bennett's comments came after head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that the Seahawks have had trade discussions with others teams involving Sherman, per Kapadia.
Carroll added, however, "I don't see anything happening at all," with regard to a Sherman trade.
Bennett further described Sherman's importance Friday and heralded him as a strong leader on one of the NFL's top defenses:
He's invaluable. To me, he's a great leader on the team. He does so many great things. I think there's so many conversations where a team can go one way, and there's always a guy like Sherm who always brings it back into context like, 'This is what we're focused on.' And he's such a competitor. I think sometimes people misconstrue his competitiveness because he's so competitive that sometimes it comes off like, 'Oh he's being a jerk.' But at the end of the day, his whole thing is he wants to win. And he wants to win at any cost.
In six NFL seasons, the 29-year-old Sherman has been named to four Pro Bowls, and he is a three-time First-Team All-Pro.
Sherman has 30 interceptions since entering the NFL in 2011, which is the most in the league during that span.
Despite dealing with an MCL injury for the second half of the 2016 campaign, Sherman ended with 58 tackles and four interceptions.
With cornerback DeShawn Shead and safety Earl Thomas working through injury issues of their own, Sherman's presence in the Legion of Boom secondary will be of the utmost importance in 2017.