Michael Bennett reportedly expects to have a new deal before the season, which apparently is why he reported to training camp on time.
That is from a nugget at the bottom of an NFL.com report focusing on Bennett’s comments about social issues.
Per NFL.com, “Bennett said he reported to Seahawks training camp on time because he is confident his agent and the Seahawks will work out a new contract soon. Sources close to Bennett told (Michael) Silver that they hope to work out a long-term deal for Bennett before the start of the season.”
None of the video supported that report, however. The only contract-related video features Bennett repeating he doesn’t want to be a distraction because he feels this team is going to be in the Super Bowl again. And Silver says only, “I think there’s a decent chance that his contract will be adjusted accordingly as talks continue …”
Bennett’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, was in town last week to meet with John Schneider, and Silver and ESPN’s John Clayton both say they are still talking.
If Schneider is considering giving Bennett an extension now, with two years left on his deal, it would be a departure from precedent. And it probably wouldn’t make 2015 holdout Kam Chancellor, who has not rocked the boat this year with two years left, any happier.
More likely what might be happening is Schneider and Hendrickson trying to work out the same kind of deal they did for Marshawn Lynch in 2014, setting up a big extension next offseason.