Michael Bennett thinks he’s likely to be one of many discarded from a Seahawks’ era that may have just ended. The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end told me at his locker following the 26-24 loss to Arizona in the regular-season finale on New Year’s Eve: “I probably won't be back next year.” Bennett, 32, has three years remaining on a contract Seattle extended for $29.5 million through the 2020 season in December 2016, to get him $17.5 million in guarantees up front while he could still command them. Sunday, he had one assisted tackle and one hit on Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton. He twice came inches for sacks but Stanton eluded him for big gains, including a touchdown pass to Jaron Brown to end Arizona’s first drive of the game. His was a finale that fit Seattle’s day and season: underwhelming, disappointing. "Just seems like it's a young man's game. I can see them going younger, with younger players,” Bennett told me. “That's part of the game." Bennett played through a torn plantar-fascia in his foot and a swollen knee, on top of a grotesquely bent toe that’s bothered him for years. In the first half Sunday he left the game for two plays to get his left shoulder checked by the Seahawks’ doctor on the bench following a hit.
Bennett: 'I probably won't be back next year'
Tacoma News Tribune | Jan 1