The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly signed free agent defensive lineman Michael Bennett to a one-year contract to bolster their pass rush. Bennett is a former Seahawks player who was released by the team in his rookie season after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2009 under the former regime led by then general manager, Tim Ruskell.
Bennett was claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had a good four years in Tampa. He was considered one of the better defensive linemen available in free agency after posting nine sacks last season.
Yesterday, the Seahawks signed defensive end, Cliff Avril, to replace the outside pressure they lost when Chris Clemons suffered an ACL tear in a January win at Washington. Today, they replaced the interior pressure Jason Jones left behind 24 hours ago when he signed with the Detroit Lions.
Both Clemons and Jones were sorely missed by the Seahawks in the play-offs and the team had nobody to replace them. If both players had been healthy, there is a good chance the Seahawks would have defeated the Atlanta Falcons and then played the San Francisco 49ers, a team they had severely beaten a month before, for an opportunity to play the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl. However, injuries are part of football and that’s the way it goes for all teams in the NFL each season.
The signing of Bennett is the third major addition for the Seahawks in as many days. This is a team clearly on the rise and others are finally taking notice of the team from Southern Alaska. While taking notice of the team from Seattle may be something new for the rest of the country, it is an area you can bet Bennett is excited to get back to with its loaded roster full of talent.