(1090 The Fan) — An article published Wednesday by CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora has stirred up a mid-March rumor which claimed Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was in the process of requesting a trade out of Seattle.
While examining potential trades around the league on May 6, Jason La Canfora wrote of Bennett:
“He’s kinda sorta tried to say that he didn’t really want to be dealt after all, but that’s not flying anywhere. 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 a Lombardi Trophy, and until or unless the Seahawks 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.”
Seahawks general manager John Schneider denied the report that Bennett had requested to be traded in March.
“It’s my understanding that Michael is very happy in Seattle,” Schneider said.
Bennett told a Seattle-based ESPN affiliate that he had not requested a trade to the Atlanta Falcons. However, Bennett has reportedly asked the team to renegotiate his current contract, according to The Seattle Times.
Seattle signed Bennett to a multi-year contract extension in March of 2014, worth a reported $28.5 million.
La Canfora’s report has not been confirmed by Bennet or his agent, nor has it been confirmed by the Seahawks.
(TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)