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Seattle Seahawks re-sign defensive end Michael Bennett to $28.5 million deal

Bobby Wagner #54 and Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrate after sacking Eli Manning of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 15, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Bobby Wagner #54 and Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrate after sacking Eli Manning of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 15, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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The Seattle Seahawks has retained the services of a key member of their championship defense. As ESPN reports on March 10, the Seahawks have signed defensive end Michael Bennett to a multiyear contract extension worth $28.5 million.

The four-year deal prevents Bennett from becoming an unrestricted free agent. Of the $28.5 million, $16 million is guaranteed for the team’s best defensive lineman in 2013. As the deal was announced via Twitter by the team, Bennett tweeted his own excitement about the deal.

“I am back I m happy super bowl champ. The 12th man is the biggest reason I came back the best fan.”

Michael Bennett signed a one-year deal with Seattle after playing his first four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A major contributor on the defensive side of the ball, Bennett expressed his desire to remain with the team before signing the contract.

“I love the team, I love my teammates. I man, Pete [Carroll] does a great job of letting us play, so I want to be a part of that,” Bennett said after the team’s Super Bowl victory parade. “I know we can go back and win the Super Bowl again with all of these guys, but it’s a business. But I definitely want to be back.”

Monday, Bennett’s wish came true and the Seattle Seahawks will no doubt be a favorite to at least get back to the Super Bowl with their defense in tact. The 6-4 defensive end finished the 2013 season with 8.5 sacks, including a sack in the team’s NFC Championship game against the rival San Francisco 49ers.

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