March 10, 2014 at 11:31 PM
It may turn out that the biggest Seattle signing of free agency happened today, the day before the official signing period begins, when the Seahawks secured Michael Bennett for four more years.
Here are some links to some of our coverage, and some from a few other places, as well:
--- Times columnist Larry Stone writes that home is where the heart is for Bennett;
--- Here's my story, looking also at where the Seahawks may go from here;
--- And here is Jayson Jenks' analysis of what it means for the Seahawks;
--- Seahawks.com writes that Bennett saved his bear hug for the Seahawks;
--- The Bears, who were expected to make a big run at Bennett, will now look elsewhere;
--- The Chicago Tribune says losing out on Bennett is not fatal to the Bears;
--- ProFootballTalk reports it was tough for Bennett to tell his brother he wouldn't be signing with the Bears;
--- Here's the recap from NFL.com;
--- NFL.com also says the Seahawks got Bennett for the "perfect price'';
--- Finally, CBSSports.com notes that Bennett's gamble on himself paid off big.
March 10, 2014 at 7:16 PM
All of a team's free agents are important to a degree.
But there was no other way to view it heading into free agency that the Seahawks had two marquee players potentially hitting the market --- Michael Bennett and Golden Tate.
Seattle re-signed Bennett today, going a long way toward securing their future on the defensive line.
Tate, though, will become an unrestricted free agent tomorrow as the Seahawks are willing to see what the market is for him and then decide how big of a play to make to retain his services.
And according to former agent Joel Corry, writing on CBSSports.com today, Tate could be in for a major haul.
As you can read, Corry estimates Tate's potential take this way:
Contract package: Five years, $35 Million
Guaranteed money: $17.5 million
First three years: $22.5 million
Tate was Seattle's leading pass catcher in 2013 with 64 receptions and 898 receiving yards. He didn't crack the NFL's top 30 in either category because the Seahawks ranked 31st in pass attempts. Tate fared better with advanced statistics. He had the fifth-best drop rate among wide receivers on catchable balls at 4.48 percent and was second with yards after catch per reception with 7.9 yards in 2013 according to PFF. Robert Meachem signing a four-year, $25.5 million deal ($14 million guaranteed) at the start of the 2012 free agent signing period after a 2011 season with 40 receptions, 620 receiving yards and six touchdowns should be encouraging to Tate.
If that's really what the market ends up yielding for Tate, then odds are he's played his last game with the Seahawks. Seattle would be unlikely to go to that range, probably preferring instead to extend Doug Baldwin and then find cheaper alternatives for Tate either in free agency (John Clayton today suggested Devin Hester as an option) or the Draft, which is generally acknowledged to be especially deep at receiver this season.
One team mentioned often as a possible suitor for Tate is the Jets. Here's simply the latest story from a New York paper mentioning the Jets potentially targeting Tate.
Players can begin signing tomorrow at 1 p.m. Seattle time. Should Tate really get that big of an offer, his decision might not take long.
UPDATE: Meantime, Tate had an interesting Tweet tonight, seemingly an indicator that offers are coming in:
March 10, 2014 at 4:36 PM
Looks like the Seahawks are set to cross another free agent off the list as it is expected that the team will soon re-sign tight end Anthony McCoy.
The news was first reported by Rand Getlin:
Indications are that the signing is not official but that it is expected to happen.
McCoy, who played at USC and was drafted in the sixth round by Seattle in 2010, missed the 2013 season with an Achilles injury suffered in May.
But he played in all 32 games in the 2011 and 2012 seasons with 14 starts, catching 31 passes for 437 yards and three touchdowns.
McCoy will rejoin a tight end group that currently includes Zach Miller and Luke Willson as returners from last year's 53-man active roster. Kellen Davis was the No. 3 tight end last season but is also now an unrestricted free agent, and the signing of McCoy may be an indication that Davis won't be back.
Seattle also recently signed free agent Travis Beckum.
Miller is due to have a salary cap number of $7 million in 2014 leading to speculation about his future with the team. Recent indications are that he could agree to a restructuring of his deal rather than being cut.
The re-signings of Michael Bennett and McCoy would give Seattle 13 players who will become unrestricted free agents Tuesday.
Here is the list:
CB Brandon Browner
TE Kellen Davis
OT Breno Giacomini
K Steven Hausckha
QB Tarvaris Jackson
S Chris Maragos
DT Tony McDaniel
DT Clinton McDonald
OL Paul McQuistan
FB Michael Robinson
LB O'Brien Schofield
WR Golden Tate
CB Walter Thurmond
March 10, 2014 at 2:56 PM
After signing his new four-year deal worth $28.5 million, with $16 million guaranteed, Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett met the media at the VMAC and said that while he may have had some better offers elsewhere, the total package of what he has in Seattle was too good to leave.
“At the end of the day it was about being comfortable and being in a good situation,'' he said. "Sometimes going to a whole other organization doesn’t work out the way it worked out for me coming here and being with these guys. I saw people take a lot of money and they go to other places and that place isn’t what you thought it would be. I know what this place is and I’m familiar with the staff and the players and it makes it a big deal to be here.”
Here is more of what Bennett had to say:
(On if he is pretty excited about getting the detail done:) “It’s really exciting to be back and be on the Super Bowl winning team and just to play with these guys knowing that we have another chance to win another Super Bowl is a great feeling.”
(On if there was ever a moment of doubt that he wouldn’t be returning:) “I don’t know if there was any doubt, but there was a lot of speculation and a lot of the teams tried to get me to come there, but ultimately I wanted to come back and get a chance to play with these guys and just win some more games.”
(On if he has talked to his brother, Maretellus, who plays for the Bears:) “Yeah I talk to my brother every day. He understands my decision. It’s all me and not really him so I felt like I made the right decision, and I’m just happy to be back.”
(On the reports that he had been offered more money than what the Seahawks offered:) “Yeah there was more, but I wanted to be here man. There are a lot of young guys here, and there are a lot of winning ways and I just love the organization and the things that they are about. I love the staff, from the equipment staff to the medical staff; it just goes on and on. Everybody here are just good people and I really enjoy that.”
(On what was most important to him when looking at this contract:} “Probably just the guaranteed part really, you just want to get a good guaranteed. You could have a five year 90 million dollar deal with only 2 million guaranteed so it doesn’t really matter at the end. You kind of want to worry about the guaranteed part. That was the most important part.”
(On was it a fun process or was it nerve racking:} “I can’t say it was fun, it’s kind of like stepping on nails. You have to sit there and kind of plan your life in one day, and it’s a big job when you have a lot of people depending on you. You have a lot of people tugging on you, you have a lot of people that you’re friends with or even your family, kind of want you to make a decision and it’s a big decision that you have to make in 48 hours.”
(On what does it mean to him after the year that he’s put in to get the long term contract that he wanted:) “I mean it feels good man to start the way I started, being undrafted coming into the Seahawks and making the team, then going away and coming back, and winning a Super Bowl, then getting a chance to get another deal here. I love the fans here and that’s one of the main reasons why I came back, and just to get this deal here, it just means a lot to me.”
(On his teammates and how much does it mean to play with this group of guys:) “It means a lot. I lost Big Red Bryant who is one of my best friends, he’s like my brother. He left and I’m glad that he got a new deal, him and his family. That mean a lot to me seeing him leave, but a lot of guys are still here, it’s a great team with a lot of the same guys. Cliff Avril is still here, Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane, all of these guys. We still have a great defensive line and I think it’s only going to get better with all of the young guys. Especially with Greg Scruggs, Benson Mayowa, they’re just going to grow as players.”
(On if he expects to have the same role next year as he did this past year:) “It doesn’t matter really, I don’t know what I’m going to be doing, I know I’m going to win games and that’s the main thing that really matters.”
(On if he could put the last three months into perspective:) “It’s crazy man. Like I said I came here at the beginning of my career and to come back and win a Super Bowl, and the fans still remember me from my first years. Like in said, the fans are one of the biggest reasons I came back. These peoples love their Seahawks. The 12th Man is the biggest thing and they just love the players, and I really appreciate how much they put into being one of the biggest reasons why we win games.”
(On which teammates has he heard from so far:) “I mean which teammate haven’t I heard from should be the question. It’s been good man. Richard Sherman is one of the main reasons why I came back too. He was on me the whole time and just told me he really wanted me to come back and how much I meant to the defense so that’s one of the reasons I came back too.”
(On the TV thing he’s doing with his brother:) “We have our own TV show on NFL Network. It’s kind of funny, the little thing that we have going.”
(On if he has to go to New York to do the show:) “No I’m going to do it in Seattle. Do it via satellite.”
March 10, 2014 at 2:20 PM
Here is some video of defensive lineman Michael Bennett talking about his decision to re-sign with the Seahawks:
March 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM
The Seahawks have re-signed pending free agent defensive end Michael Bennett.
He is at the team's Renton facility and has signed his contract and will soon meet with the media. There are reports that it is a four-year worth $28 million with $16 million guaranteed.
(A source has since confirmed to the Times that these are the contract details for Bennett: $28.5 million over four years with $10 million guaranteed in 2014 and $16 million guaranteed total).
Bennett and receiver Golden Tate are the team's marquee free agents --- officially, players with expiring contracts become free agents on Tuesday.
Several teams, notably the Bears, figured to make a hard run at Bennett (in fact, the Bears are reported to be one of two teams that offered more). But the Seahawks were able to get him locked up before the signing period begins on Tuesday.
Bennett confirmed that he had offers worth more money but wanted to stay with the Seahawks.
"It's really exciting to be back and be on a Super Bowl winning team and play with these guys knowing that we have another chance to win another Super Bowl is a great feeling,'' Bennett said.
"I don't know if there was any doubt (about staying) but there was a lot of speculation and a lot of teams tried to get me to come there. But ultimately I wanted to come back and get a chance to play with these guys and win some more games.''
Bennett led the team with 8.5 sacks in 2013 after signing a one-year deal worth $4.8 million after having played the previous four years with Tampa Bay.
Here is the team's official release on Bennett:
The Seattle Seahawks have signed defensive end Michael Bennett to a multi-year deal, the team announced this afternoon.
March 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Here's a link to the video, as well as a transcript, of Doug Baldwin's commentary last night on Q13Fox, in which he gave a player's view of free agency and how that may differ from that of the average fan.
March 10, 2014 at 10:51 AM
It may feel like it's hard to keep track of all the twists and turns in Michael Bennett's free agency.
But if an ESPN report is accurate, the saga may end today.
As first Tweeted by Adam Schefter, the Seahawks are again considered the favorites to sign Bennett, something that could happen today (teams can re-sign their own players prior to the start of tomorrow's official free agent signing period):
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, meanwhile, reported that the Seahawks are offering a four-year deal worth $8 million per season:
Seattle created room to re-sign Bennett when it cut Sidney Rice and Red Bryant.
Keeping Bennett in the fold, and also setting the salary cap stage to be able to re-sign the likes of Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson over the next year, is thought to be Seattle's main goal during the free agency period. And getting Bennett done before the free agency period begins would be all the better.
It was reported last week that Bennett wanted to test the free agency waters before signing with anyone, and there were reports last night (linked below) that some around the league considered the Bears the favorites to sign him. But today, the momentum appears back on Seattle's side.
Bennett was in town this weekend, appearing at a local fundraiser.
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