When the Seattle Seahawks signed defensive end Michael Bennett to a one year, $5 million contract a few weeks ago, the deal seemed too good to be true for Seahawks fans. Now we know why. Bennett has a torn rotator cuff. This explains why there wasn’t more interest in a young player who is solid against the run and had nine sacks last season.
On one hand, the Seahawks must have known about the injury. You wouldn’t think that team doctors would have missed something this big during their physical before actually signing Bennett on the dotted line. On the other hand, the team could have really messed up in giving a contract to a player whose production will most likely suffer if the injury isn’t taken care of.
Since Bennett hasn’t had surgery yet, you would think that it’s not going to be scheduled and that he will play 2013 with the injury. It would make no sense to schedule the surgery months after the season ended, as the earlier the surgery, the earlier he would have been ready for training camp. However, it is possible something more recently happened where surgery may be needed and his availability may be in doubt to start the season. There is much speculation as to what really happened.
When Bennett signed with the Seahawks, it looked like a great deal for the team. Yet one thing we know is that when something seems too good to be true, it usually is too good to be true.