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Seahawks Sign Defensive End Michael Bennett

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks have signed defensive end Michael Bennett, the team announced this evening.

Bennett returns to the Seahawks after originally signing with Seattle on April 26, 2009 as an undrafted rookie free agent. He was inactive for the first four games of the season before being released on October 10 when Seattle needed to make a transaction to add an offensive lineman to the injured unit.

He was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 12 and played in 50 games with 28 starts from 2009-2012, including starting all 16 games last season when he posted a team and career-high 9.0 sacks. Bennett has totaled 114 tackles (84 solo), 15.0 sacks, two passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his career.

His brother, Martellus, is a tight end for the Chicago Bears and has also played for the Dallas Cowboys (2008-11) and the New York Giants (2012).