Seahawks to re-sign Michael Bennett, per Ian Rapoport

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We break down some potential free agent news out of Seattle before the Super Bowl kicks off.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network that the Seattle Seahawks are going to re-sign defensive lineman Michael Bennett. Additionally, he said the Seahawks were going to prioritize extending safety Earl Thomas before cornerback Richard Sherman.

Even though the Seahawks have a slightly important game to play this evening, football operations alway has to consider the future. Earlier this week we had some discussion about the Seahawks current cap picture. The team has quite a few young players coming up for contracts, and will have to make some tough calls in the coming months.

The Seahawks originally signed Bennett away from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year with a one-year deal for $3 million, with a $1.5 million signing bonus. He put together a strong season, grabbing 8.5 sacks to edge out Cliff Avril's 8.0 for team lead. He's been arguably the best player on their front seven. Extending him is important, but it will be interesting to see how much it ends up costing them.

The decision to try and extend Thomas before Sherman is not entirely surprising, but will be interesting to track. Sherman knows he'll get paid at some point, but he will have to show some patience before getting his deal.

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