Michael Bennett '100 percent' committed to returning in 2018
RENTON, Wash. -- Michael Bennett hinted at possible offseason plans ahead of Sunday's season finale, retweeting a series of posts suggesting 2017 may be his final season in Seattle.
The Seahawks defensive end had more concrete comments about his future after the 26-24 loss to Arizona, saying: "People think about retiring all the time but I continuously want to play with these guys and see what's next. If not, if nobody picks you up you just go on and find something else to do."
Bennett then said Monday that he fully plans to continue playing football in 2018.
"Yeah I'm 100 percent committed," Bennett said. "I think I'm in my prime. I want to play as long as I can."
He'd like that be in Seattle though obviously he can't control that part of it. Bennett said he hasn't spoken with the organization about their plans but it sounds like he's mentally prepared to accept any decision they make.
"The future is not in my hands; it's always in the organization's hand, what happens to you as a player," Bennett said. "You just deal with it, cope with whatever the team decides and you just go with it, whether you come back, whether they rebuild the team, whether you're starting -- you just deal with it."
Bennett, 32, is signed through 2020 on a deal worth $29.5 million with a dead-money total of $5.2 million, according to overthecap.com. Seattle could consider parting ways with Bennett though the team would save only about $2 million toward the salary cap.
Seattle has other major defensive line decisions to make, with Sheldon Richardson set to presumably be big-money free agent and Cliff Avril's situation still uncertain after his season-ending neck injury.
And while Bennett may not exactly be in his prime in terms of his age, he did have 8.5 sacks in 2017 despite playing with a plantar fascia injury for more than half the season and a swollen knee the final four games.
"It's always tough to play through injury," he said, "but I had injuries I could play through so you just do what you can."
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