Seahawks re-sign Michael Bennett to $28.5 million deal

After it seemed he was gone to Chicago, Seattle swooped in and kept arguably the top free agent this offseason.

The Seahawks announced that defensive end Michael Bennett signed a four-year contract, keeping him with the defending Super Bowl champions.

It's a $28.5 million contract with $10 million in 2015, $16 million over two years, $21 million over three years, according to a league source. The deal includes $16 million guaranteed. Bennett preferred to remain with the Seahawks rather than accept more lucrative offers from two other teams, according to a source.

Bennett was linked to the Bears last night, though the Seahawks came in with a final pitch to keep him. Bennett tallied 8.5 sacks for the Seahawks during the 2013 regular season and is regarded as an ascending young player in his prime.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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