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Tuesday Round-Up: Reaction to Michael Bennett's re-signing; Free agency opens
Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, March 11 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
NFL free agency officially opens today, but the Seahawks got things started yesterday afternoon in a big way with the re-signing of defensive end Michael Bennett, who led the Super Bowl champions in sacks (8.5) last season. Bennett was widely considered one of the League's top pass rushers on the market this year. He met with reporters Monday afternoon to share why he chose to stay in Seattle.
“I love the fans here, and that’s one of the main reasons I came back. … These people, they just love the players and I appreciate that and how much they put into being one of the biggest reasons why we win games."
Coach Pete Carroll joined SiriusXM NFL Radio's "Movin' the Chains" with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on Monday to talk about defensive end Michael Bennett's extension. Carroll tells SiriusXM, "We really need him to play more. He didn't play a lot of plays in the first half of the season, then he played more as the year went on and we just got better." You can find the audio from their conversation embedded below. Read
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com says Michael Bennett's new deal shows Seattle is willing to reward their own.
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com recaps a Monday conversation between defensive end Michael Bennett and 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz." In the piece, Henderson looks at the how Bennett's decision to stay with the Seahawks shows what an attractive destination Seattle has become. Read
Defensive end Michael Bennett was also on with Sports Radio 950 KJR AM's Ian Furness and Jason Puckett to talk about his decision to return to the Seahawks.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com tells us what defensive end Michael Bennett's re-signing means for some of Seattle's other key free agents.
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com says defensive end Michael Bennett re-signing with Seattle sent a message to other free agents across the NFL.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com recaps what we learned from the Monday before NFL free agency.
Peter King of TheMMQB.com answers questions surrounding NFL free agency in his reader mailbag, saying he wouldn't be surprised if wide receiver Golden Tate ended up in Jacksonville with former Seahawks defensive coordinator turned Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley.
Evan Silva of rotoworld.com ranks the Top 50 NFL free agents remaining and projects landing spots for each.
Brent Sobleski of USA Today shares his take on the Top 10 free agents available today.
USA Today also looks at the free-agent priorities facing each club in the NFC.
Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com has a position-by-position look at NFL free agency.
Josh Katzowitz of CBSSports.com takes a stab at projecting the 2014 regular-season win totals for each of the League's 32 teams. Katzowitz has the Seahawks notching 11 victories - two less than this past season when they finished tied for a franchise-best record of 13-3.
Cornerback Richard Sherman is set to appear in Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald's celebrity softball game on April 26 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Fitzgerald played in Sherman's celebrity softball game at Tacoma's Cheney Stadium last offseason.
Here at Seahawks.com, I recap the social media scene surrounding Michael Bennett's multi-year contract extension with the club.
Lastly, we put together a photo gallery featuring a look back at the best of Michael Bennett from his 2013 campaign with the Seahawks.