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Michael Bennett, Seahawks agree to new deal

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 30, 2016 at 12:23 pm EST

The Seattle Seahawks and defensive end Michael Bennett have agreed to a contract extension. He has signed a three-year, $31.5 million deal.

His deal has $17.5 million in guarantees. It’s a big pay day for the 32-year-old.

Michael Bennett (Getty Images)

Michael Bennett (Getty Images)

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, he’ll earn $16 million in 2017, before making $19 million by March 5, 2018. He says the deal starts in 2017, but ends in 2019.

He was scheduled to make $9.5 million in 2017 in the final year of his four-year, $28.5 million deal he signed with the Seahawks prior to the 2014 season.

At this time, there is confusion on if his new deal overrides the final year of his contract or if it starts in 2018.

This season, he has 22 tackles and 4.0 sacks on the season. He has played in 10 games in 2016.

He spent the past four years with the Seahawks. In 58 games, including 45 starts, he has 104 tackles, 29.5 sacks with seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown.

He also spent four years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to begin his career. With the Bucs, he made 50 appearances, including 28 starts.

He had 84 tackles, 15.0 sacks, three pass deflections, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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