The Seahawks played it cool with defensive end Michael Bennett. Once the Bears leaked that they “expect” to sign Bennett, the Seahawks woke up.
Now, the Seahawks have jumped into the bidding, in an effort to close the deal.
Still, Bennett was nearly a part-time player in 2013, participating in 57 percent of the snaps. Based on how the Seahawks used him and presumably how they plan to in 2014 and beyond, $8 million could be a very fair number — especially if the Bears will expect a lot more than 57-percent playing time for $8.5 million per year.
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