Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett: DeForest Buckner 'not normal; when you're not normal...'


Michael Bennett: DeForest Buckner 'not normal; when you're not normal...'

49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner grew up in Hawaii.

And he's currently training in his home state with teammate Arik Armstead and Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.

“I think DeForest, I’m lucky to be working with a guy like that.” Bennett recently told Sam Spangler of KHON2. "I think DeForest will eventually be a defensive player of the year. I think he has the talent to be able to do that.

"I keep telling him there’s nobody like him. He’s not normal."

That's some pretty high praise from a guy who reached the Pro Bowl each of the last two years.

After four years at Oregon, the 49ers took Buckner with the seventh overall pick in the 2016 draft.

He made 15 starts as a rookie and racked up 73 tackles, six sacks and two fumble recoveries.

He was honored with a spot on the NFL's All-Rookie team in a vote of the Pro Football Writers of America.

"His physique, his speed, it’s not normal," Bennett said. "So when you’re not normal you can do not normal things and winning the defensive MVP is not normal for most people.”

Seahawks DE: Seattle would be 'perfect place' for Kaepernick

Seahawks DE: Seattle would be 'perfect place' for Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick hasn't received much interest from teams this offseason, but the NFC West rival Seahawks have emerged as a possible landing spot.

Last week, NFL Network reported that Seahawks GM John Schneider reached out to Kaepernick's agents.

On Monday, head coach Carroll went on local Seattle radio station and alluded to the team considering Kaepernick among other quarterback options.

The possible pairing of Kaepernick and Seahawks got a vote of confidence from Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett on Tuesday.

“I think a person that’s dedicating their life to creating change, why wouldn’t you want that type of leadership in your locker room? Why wouldn’t you want a young person that’s dealt with people wanting to kill him because of his choices in life? So I don’t know why people feel like that is a problem," Bennett said on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Bennett went on to cite Carroll and starting quarterback Russell Wilson as reason for the fit being good.

“I think that Kaepernick getting the opportunity to be on our team would be really cool, would really be a good place for him because you have a coach like coach [Pete] Carroll who is up for challenges like that. You have an owner who spends and gives back to the homeless. You’ve got players on your team that give back in the community. You’ve got Russell Wilson who shows that our team is built around community. So this is a perfect place for him,” Bennett said.

If Kaepernick were to sign with the 49ers, he would compete with Treyvon Boykin to be Wilson's backup.


Seahawks, DE Michael Bennett agree to lucrative three-year extension

Seahawks, DE Michael Bennett agree to lucrative three-year extension

RENTON, Wash. -- Michael Bennett and the Seattle Seahawks reached agreement on a three-year contract extension on Friday that will keep the defensive end under contract through the 2020 season.

Bennett's agent Doug Hendrickson told The Associated Press that discussions about the extension started six months ago and finally reached their conclusion just before the end of the regular season. Bennett's deal begins with the 2018 season and is worth up to $31.5 million, including $16 million in the first year of the new deal.

The team had yet to announce the agreement.

"It's extremely rewarding. It's been probably a six-month journey in regards to working with Seattle and Pete Carroll and John Schneider and the whole crew over there," Hendrickson said. "It's been a long, arduous journey to get to where we're at now with a few bumps in the road - i.e. a surgery and a few other things. To culminate this now in a deal that will pay Michael in terms of what his value should be means a lot."

Bennett, 31, has been a standout since arriving in Seattle in 2013. He originally played on a one-year deal and helped the Seahawks win their only Super Bowl title. Bennett signed a four-year contract after that season worth $28.5 million, but one that paid him under market value for his performance.

Bennett first declared his unhappiness with his contract situation before the start of the 2015 season and considered briefly holding out from training camp that year. Bennett showed up and changed representation to Hendrickson in the hopes of landing a long-term deal.

Bennett will be 33 years old during the first year of the new contract and Hendrickson expects it to be his final contract.

"It just shows the value to Michael and what he's done and how much he means to that team. We knew it was going to be tough and all that, but to get it done is very exciting," Hendrickson said.

In his four seasons with the Seahawks, Bennett has 29 ½ sacks and seven forced fumbles. He's been slowed this year by midseason knee surgery that cost him five games, but the sacks don't tell the entire story of what Bennett provides. He's among the most versatile defensive linemen in the NFL with his success as a pass rusher from the outside, but also his ability to create pressure lining up on the interior.

Bennett's also improved as a run defender and become a permanent fixture after beginning his career with Seattle as a reserve used mostly in passing situations.

"Both Michael and I give Seattle a lot of credit for the work they put in on this," Hendrickson said. "This was a six-month grind of probably daily conversations. It was a long process."