Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says contract negotiations with the team “have been positive” in an interview Monday on SirusXM NFL Radio, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.
Bennett also reportedly hinted at a chance that something could be wrapped up this week.
“Obviously they want me to be a Seahawk for the rest of my career,” said Bennett.
The free agent period begins March 11.
Monday was the deadline for the Seahawks to place the franchise tag on a player, but the Seahawks didn’t use it on Bennett or anyone else. Bennett said he was told as much by the team last week because the team wanted to sign Bennett to a long-term deal.
The Seahawks last week released defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Sidney Rice. Key signings the Seahawks need to deal with are free agent wide receiver Golden Tate and restricted free agent receiver Doug Baldwin.
It’s widely believed that the Seahawks will try to sign cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas to long-term deals this offseason, although they are both still under contract.