A year ago, some thought the New York Giants might pursue defensive end Michael Bennett in free agency, trying to pair him with his brother, then-Giants tight end Martellus Bennett. That didn't happen, of course. Michael went to the Seattle Seahawks and Martellus to the Chicago Bears.
Well, Michael Bennett is scheduled to be a free agent again this offseason. Before you go getting ideas about him either replacing Justin Tuck with the Giants or joining Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul, Bennett is making it clear he wants to stay with the world-champion Seahawks:
"I want to be back here 100 percent. I love the team, I love my teammates," Bennett said Wednesday, per The Daily Herald in Everett, Wash. "Pete (Carroll) does a great job of letting us play, so I want to be a part of that. I know we can go back and win a Super Bowl again with all these guys. It's a business, but I definitely want to be back."
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said matter-of-factly on NFL Network's Super Bowl pregame show that the Seahawks would re-sign Bennett. The defensive end's comments back up that mutual belief.
SB Nation's Dan Kadar participated in a conference call with ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper on Thursday, and Kiper dropped the bombshell that Johnny Manziel is "the consensus No. 1 QB" among NFL talent evaluators.
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