"It's like playing for Willy Wonka," he said in an appearance on Seattle's 750 AM. "He’s crazy. He wants to be young. He just is one of those guys who’s always up beat, wants to have a good time, and let’s you be yourself."
Bennett also addressed his contract dispute. He has complained about his four-year, $28.5 million contract several times this offseason. "People get mad when players ask for raises … but they don’t understand a team’s longevity," he said. "The Seahawks are going to be around for as long as there is an NFL. But a player only has so much time."
"He's kinda sorta tried to say that he didn't really want to be dealt after all, but that's not flying anywhere," La Canfora wrote. "He and his agent have made it clear he'd rather not be back in Seattle and while the Seahawks aren't ones to back down, perhaps something emerges that makes sense for all parties prior to the start of the regular season.
"Kind of odd not to be so happy in a franchise that competes for the Lombardi Trophy, and until or unless the Seahaws put out explicit word that Bennett has permission to speak to other teams, I don't see any clubs nibbling in this era of hyper-sensitivity over tampering regulations. But there's a lot of time between now and September for something to perhaps change."
Bennett contributed to 38 tackles a year ago and added seven sacks.
The two-week program is voluntary for veterans, so Bennett won't be punished for missing it. The Seattle Times reported that Bennett was not satisfied with his contract. Bennett is in the second year of a four-year, $28.5 million contract.
A source told the Times that Bennett won't report, because he wants the team to renegotiate.
Despite recent speculation that defensive end
"It's my understanding that Michael is very happy in Seattle," Schneider said Monday at the NFL owners meetings. "He loves playing there. He's never asked to be traded."
Bennett, 29, started all 16 games last season for the Super Bowl runner-up Seahawks. In six seasons, the defensive end has racked up 167 total tackles, 30.5 sacks, three passes defensed and six forced fumbles.
Bennett is looking to join former Seahawks defensive coordinator and current Falcons coach Dan Quinn in Atlanta. The defensive end racked up 15 1/2 sacks with the Seahawks over the last two seasons after managing 15 sacks in four years with the Buccaneers.
Bennett has three years remaining on the four-year deal he signed before last season but is also seeking a new contract as part of his potential move to Atlanta.
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