Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has reportedly left agent Drew Rosenhaus, who had helped negotiate his last two contracts with Seattle.
Catching up on a few Seahawks-related news and notes ….
Bennett drops agent
Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett has left longtime agent Drew Rosenhaus, according to a tweet from Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal.
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Rosenhaus negotiated Bennett’s current contract with the Seahawks, a four-year, $28.5 million contract he signed just before the free-agent signing period in 2014. It included $16 million guaranteed. Bennett grew unhappy with the deal following the season and thought about holding out in training camp in 2015. Though he did not hold out, Bennett said he was unhappy with his contract when asked about it.
It’s unclear what firing Rosenhaus means for Bennett. Though fans might hope this indicates a softening in Bennett’s stance, that would be surprising considering how vocal he was about his deal.
Some observers have thought the Seahawks could work out an extension that provides them some salary-cap relief over the next two years (when he has cap hits of $7 million and $9.5 million) and gives him a bonus or some other immediate financial influx that could be perceived as a win for each side.
According to agent Brett Tessler, the Seahawks will get a visit from defensive end Tristan Okpalaugo, who played at Fresno State and has spent the past two years in the CFL, recording 20 sacks. Okpalaugo was signed and released by Miami and Minnesota in 2013 after going undrafted.
Tessler tweeted that Okpalaugo has an offer from the Jets, so it’s not a slam dunk that he signs with the Seahawks. And being released twice by NFL teams indicates Okpalaugo would be far from a slam dunk to make a roster.
But this is the time of year when teams are filling out their 90-man rosters and seeking players who might have improved or others might have missed.
The Seahawks need depth at defensive end for training camp regardless of what happens in free agency and the draft and could have a more pressing need depending on what happens with free agent Bruce Irvin.
Free agency update
There will be all kinds of previews of free agency as we near the signing period, which begins on March 9. Here’s a good early look at it from Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com, who writes that the Seahawks should try to keep Russell Okung while also trying to make a run at Cleveland center Alex Mack, while acknowledging that the latter may be tough to do because “his price could prevent this from happening.”
That’s always the rub with the big-ticket free agents: price. The NFL Combine next week will serve as the first big step in free agency as teams and agents will begin meeting and the market for players and positions will begin to be established.
Another CFL player it was easy to think the Seahawks might have interest in — West Seattle grad and defensive back Aaron Grymes — has instead signed with the Eagles.
Grymes committed to UW in 2008 when Tyrone Willingham was still coach but de-committed after being asked by Steve Sarkisian to “greyshirt” and ended up at Idaho. Grymes was a CFL All-Star as a defensive back in 2015.