Michael Bennett Skips Seahawks’ OTAs, Wants New Deal

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett wants a new deal and he hopes sitting out his team’s organized team activities will help him get one. He wants to be paid like one of the premier players at his position.

“Somewhere near the top seven at my position, top eight at my position,” Bennett told the Seattle Times. “Not a lot of guys play inside and out. Not a lot of guys do what I do. So I feel like I should be somewhere near there.”

Bennett played 85 percent of his team’s snaps, ranking ninth among all NFL defensive lineman, according to FootballOutsiders.com. His ability to play on the end as well as on the line is a valuable trait and a big reason why he is on the field so often.

“I just want to be in the realm of the guys that play like me,’’ Bennett said. “There are only so many guys that do what I do, and I would love to be like somewhere in there where they are at.’’

He has sat out the first three OTAs, but believes a new deal is imminent.

“Trying to get the contract right,’’ Bennett said. “I’ll be there shortly. I don’t know when I’ll be there. Depends on the team and stuff. See how it works out.’’

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