Michael Bennett, good pass rusher, former Seahawks defensive end, can see himself returning. For Pete’s sake, let him do so!
Michael Bennett. You know this guy, right? He is outspoken and doesn’t hold back. But that isn’t anti-Seattle. Heck, if anything Bennett is pro-everything Seattle stands for. He is a minority, appears to be liberal and isn’t afraid to speak his mind and even in times when it might be passive-aggressive. The Seahawks need run-stopping defensive linemen and pass rushers. Check-check on Michael Bennett.
And let me be clear here. Michael Bennett, though there is some divisiveness with Seahawks fans, was never a problem in the locker room as far as him being anti-Russell Wilson, which some other players seemed to have. Bennett left Seattle because he was either too costly or that he appeared to be taking his outside interests as a greater priority than his Seahawk interest. I am not saying this is so, but that appears to be the rumor.
Michael Bennett, even after he left Seattle, has been a good player. But he may have been a better fit with Seattle’s scheme and maybe he realizes that now. Maybe the Seahawks should too. Earlier this week Bennett said he would “love to end my career in Seattle.” Bennett told this to NBC Sports Northwest.
To be sure, Michael Bennett is not the dominating player he was three ago, but he still had 6.5 sacks in 2019 and 14 tackles for loss. In both of these categories, Bennett would have led the Seahawks with ease. Seattle has defensive line needs.
Bennett also stays healthy. He missed 5 games in 2016 but since 2012, those are the only games Bennett has missed due to injury. (Bennett played 15 games in 2019, but he was in the process of being traded midway through the season.) Even though he will be 34 years old at the start of the 2020 season, he is still productive and should show up every game.
Bennett should come at a reasonable cost as well. If Seattle can sign him to a $5-6 million contract for 2020 and maybe 2021, with a team option, then this is a no-brainer. The Seahawks should bring Michael Bennett back and it seems like he wants to return. John Schneider should make this happen.