An interesting rumor running around for the past 24 hours is that Michael Bennett is suddenly unhappy with playing for the Seattle Seahawks and is trying to force a trade to the Atlanta Falcons. His current team are saying there’s no truth to the rumor.
One thing worth mentioning is that the person creating the buzz is a beat writer for the Dallas Cowboys. How do the Cowboys fall into this? The Cowboys are trying to sign Greg Hardy, who walked away from his visit with the team without a signed deal. The Seahawks have also been interested in Hardy, but are denying that there’s any visit scheduled between them and the defensive end. Bennett might be somehow involved in all of this.
Bennett is signed with the Seahawks until 2017. A 29-year old defensive end, Bennett finished with seven sacks last season and was used all across the defensive line. He has 24.5 sacks over the last three years and was one of the few bright lights in a Seahawks defense that struggled all season long getting to the quarterback, something that showed during the postseason as well.
So is there any reason to add Bennett to some sort of trade package and ship him off? Maybe. A big part of their success from 2012 has been remaining a team with financial flexibility and hitting home runs in the draft. Great picks, developed into key and cheap players. Until they break out, and the big contracts are handed out in order to make them stay. And then managing a Super Bowl roster is much more difficult to do.
Bennett is expensive, with a cap hit of $8 million this season, $7 million next season and $9.5 million in 2017. That’s not too big of a burden, as he’s still a very productive player, but maybe the Seahawks can see something the rest of us don’t, and prefer moving a talented but expensive player somewhere else, seeing more value in draft picks that can replace him.