The Seattle Seahawks are set to open training camp a month away on July 25, but it could be without superstar defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who doesn’t mind extending his off-season in Hawaii.
The East Honolulu resident is seeking a new contract, one that pays him as a top eight player at his position in the NFL.
In March 2014, Bennett was re-signed by the Seahawks to a four-year, $28.5 million contract with $16 million guaranteed, currently ranking him No. 13 among defensive ends in average money per year, according to OverTheCap.com.
During the 2014 regular season, Bennett led the Seahawks with seven sacks.
“Of course, I think I’ve outplayed the contract that they gave me,” Bennett told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello. “It’s one of those things where you have to let your agent do the talking with the team and hopefully something good comes out of it. It never hurts to try.”
Bennett sat out the Seahawks’ voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) to express his dissatisfaction with his current contract, but did show up for the team’s mandatory minicamp on June 18, avoiding a $72,920 fine.
If no new contract is signed by the time the Super Bowl XLIX runner-ups hit the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington next month, Bennett told DeMello he might still be at his home in Hawaii.
“Hawaii’s weather is great, so I’ll just keep it at that,” said Bennett. “When the weather’s not as nice as it is here, it’s harder to make that decision, so it just keeps it in my mind like hopefully something great comes out of it, but I don’t mind staying home for a little while.”
If he chooses to hold out of the Seahawks training camp, the fine will be $30,000 per day.
Bennett, along with his wife Pele, has been busy hosting the 2nd Annual OCEAN Health Fest through Monday. For more information on future Bennett Foundation events you can go to The Bennett Foundation website.