30-Year-Old Defensive End – Seattle Seahawks
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Bennett was a force on the Seahawks' defensive line throughout the 2015 season while recording 52 tackles, 10 sacks, and two forced fumbles in 16 games. The 30-year-old has another chance at double-di...
2016 ADP: –
Bye Week: 5
Michael Bennett Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $32 million deal in March of 2014.
Bennett (toe) is active for Sunday's game in Arizona, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)As expected, Bennett didn't allow any hometown discount, as his four-year deal is worth $32 million, with $16 million of that guaranteed. He would have been one of the most highly sought-after defensive ends on the free-agent market after his 2013 campaign, in which he accumulated 8.5 sacks and 31 combined tackles. However, he'll remain in Seattle, where he'll be a key component in containing Colin Kaepernick of the division-rival 49ers.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)"It's definitely a business," Bennett also noted. "People hate to say it's that, but it is what it is. I would love to play for the Seahawks, but they're going to have to want me back and the numbers are going to have to be right." Bennett is in line to be one of the top available defensive ends once free agency kicks in, after a season in which he notched a team-high 8.5 sacks for Seattle, while also recording 31 tackles.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bennett led the Seahawks with 8.5 sacks during the regular season and continued his strong play throughout the playoffs, recording 1.5 more sacks and a pair of both fumbles forced and recovered. Coming off a Super Bowl victory, Bennett should fetch significant interest during free agency, but has made it known he would like to extend his time as a Seahawk beyond just last season. Speaking on his status as a free agent, Bennett said, "...I’m definitely a Seahawk and I definitely want to be here for the rest of my career.”
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Bennett is better, and more valuable to the Seahawks, than he gets credit for. Because of a thin D-Line, he played nearly 200 more snaps last season than in 2013, which likely sapped his effectiveness at times as he played inside and out. A deeper line this year should keep him fresher. Expect him to challenge for double-digit sacks again.
Bennett recorded 31 tackles, 8.5 sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown during his first season in Seattle. Those numbers were actually down from his output while he with the Buccaneers, but that's likely due to how good the Seahawks' defense is as a whole, rather than a decline in Bennett's skill. He'll have a great chance to be starting on the end of the 4-3 and will have an opportunity to put up similar numbers to that of his 2013 season.
The Seahawks signed Bennett in March in hopes of improving a pass rush that was insufficient last season. Bennett will play behind Red Bryant at left defensive end and likely won't see enough snaps to be a weekly IDP option. He has a torn rotator cuff, but the Seahawks are confident he'll be able to play through it.
Though he is currently listed atop the depth chart at Right DE, he will probably wind up as a backup eventually. Bennett can play DL or DE so he is a versatile player for the team as a backup.