NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Seahawks re-signed Bennett to a four-year contract worth $28.5 million, with $16 million guaranteed, according to a source who had spoken with the player. The team later made the move official.
We're not sure if that amounts to the Costco-like discount Bennett said he wouldn't take, but he did leave money on the table. The Bears and another mystery team offered more, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer. Bennett will earn $21 million over the first three years of his contract, which is the perfect price for a very good starter in his prime that isn't quite dominant.
Either way, Bennett did well by betting on himself last season with a one-year, $5 million contract in Seattle. He proved to be the team's best pass rusher, and Monday he was rewarded for it.