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Recently, news broke just after Christmas that the Seattle Seahawks had signed Michael Bennett to a three-year extension. A key cog in their defensive front, Mike B is one of the most disruptive pass rushers in the league. His annoyance over his contract’s salary is not a new issue. In previous years, when questioned by reporters, Bennett has aired out his grievances and made it pretty clear that he felt he was underpaid.

“I just want to be fairly compensated with the top guys in the league,” Bennett told The Huffington Post. “I’m definitely one of the top five defensive ends.”

Before his extension, Michael was the 11th highest paid 4-3 defense end in the NFL (on an APY basis). His new extension has a cash value of $41.687M, a total guarantee of $14.5M, and a signing bonus of $8M. The last year of his contract, in 2020, is an option year.

Most importantly, from the franchise perspective, Mike’s cap number jumps from $7M to $8.6M in 2016 (he signed the extension right before the deadline for adding signing bonus proration onto the 2016 cap). In 2017, it jumps to $11.225M from $9.5M. Here’s how the contract physically breaks down:


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For those of you familiar with the Seahawks blogosphere, I was a contributor to Fieldgulls under Danny Kelly. At Fieldgulls, I created many different types of content but my real niche was the NFL salary cap. I’ve also worked at Over the Cap in the past and collaborated with Jason Fitzgerald on many cap related projects.However, my passion for football extends well beyond the salary cap. Obviously, I’m a huge Seahawks fan – and I’ve been one since 2006. I love writing opinion pieces, researching and creating player profiles, conducting interviews with players, and rooting for this team. I openly admit it: I am biased. Growing up in the Seattle area, I’m an avid fan of all Seattle sports (cough bring back the Sonics cough).Anyways, that’s enough about me. I’m stoked to start contributing to Hawkblogger. One of my favorite aspects of writing about football is interacting with other fans. Don’t be afraid to reach out. You can find me on twitter @EvanonHB. Go Hawks.

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2 Responses

  1. Joe Askull

    Great info and I’ve been looking forward to the breakdown since it was announced last week.

    Quick question – why is the prorated signing bonus $1.725 M each year instead of $1.6M? Is there an $500k that’s getting absorbed into it in the future or some weird quirk like that?

  2. Curt

    Thanks Evan, always look forward to your breaking down the numbers! Looks like a win/win!


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