Seahawks sign DE Michael Bennett to one-year deal

3/14/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Seattle Seahawks signed another undervalued, top free agent off the market for a bargain on Thursday. Defensive end Michael Bennett agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks, who also announced the signing of free agent Cliff Avril today. Both defensive ends play at the left so there will be some competition for playing time at the spot next season.
The 26-year-old Cliff Avril unofficially signed onto a two-year, $15 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday. Both defensive linesmen were expected to get more lucrative deals. But with the market for defensive ends expected to be low and young talent at the top of the class not receiving big promises, the veterans are in an even deeper pit.
Earlier today, Michael Bennett visited the Miami Dolphins and was expected to head to Allen Park to meet the Detroit Lions. But Michael never made completed the latter half of the day’s schedule, instead opting to take firm money in the short term and try for a better offer in free agency next year.
Michael Bennett became a full-time starter for the first time last season, finishing with a career high nine-sacks while also posting 41 tackles and 2 passes defended.
Over the past four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Michael Bennett has combined 98 tackles, 15 sacks and 3 passes defended while starting 28 of 50 games since being claimed off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks. Michael Bennett signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M with the Seattle Seahawks in 2009. But he was released in Septembers in a roster move to make space for offensive tackle Kyle Williams since the Seattle Seahawks were hurting at the at the position due to piling injuries.
Following the recent additions the Seattle Seahawks defense, which allowed a league-low 15.3 points per game last season, shouldn’t face a dramatic change in its efficiency. And with the bolstered offense featuring a new playmaker in recently signed Percy Harvin, the Seattle Seahawks could be the top contenders out of NFC in 2013.
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