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 Seattle Seahawks Team Analysis:

INSIDE SLANT
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is seeking an upgraded contract and says he might hold out of training camp in an effort to get it.

Bennett is entering the second year of a four-year, $28.5 million contract that guaranteed him $16 million and will pay him $6 million this year and $5 million in 2016.

He told NFL Media on Monday that a holdout is "definitely possible" despite the threat of fines for missing training camp practices.

"I know a lot of people disagree because I don't put up all the numbers; but, if you watch the games, I'm doing good things," he said. "They want me to play five positions but pay me for one."

Bennett, 29, said his agent has talked to the Seahawks, but the team apparently has not said whether it would be willing to rework his deal.

On Saturday, the Hawaii resident told Honolulu TV station KHON, "Of course, I think I've outplayed the contract that they gave me. It's one of those things where you have to let your agent do the talking with the team and hopefully something good comes out of it. It never hurts to try."

As for the possible holdout, he told KHON, "Hawaii's weather is great, so I'll just keep it at that. ... I don't mind staying home for a little while."



--While the Seahawks are struggling to get a contract extension done with quarterback Russell Wilson, matters are apparently better with middle linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Like Wilson, Wagner has completed three years of his initial four-year deal and is eligible for an extension.

The thought had been that the Seahawks wanted to get something done with Wilson first and then move on to Wagner, who last season became unquestionably one of the best middle linebackers in the game.

But with talks with Wilson at a standstill, the team recently became more serious about getting a deal completed with Wagner -- not wanting to risk each playing out the season without an extension.

And indications are that things are moving swiftly with Wagner and something could be done well before training camp begins in late July.

Wagner is thought to be asking for a contract close to the $10 million-a- year that's considered the going rate for a top-flight middle linebacker. And unlike with Wilson, there does not appear to be much difference in how the team values Wagner and what he wants.

Seattle also has signed extensions in the last few years with the likes of safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, cornerback Richard Sherman, linebacker K.J. Wright and defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, all of whom are under contract through at least the 2017 season.

Re-signing Wagner would further solidify the Seattle defense for the immediate future.

Wagner told the Seattle Times in May that he had not heard anything about his contract, but that he hoped to get something done soon.

NOTES, QUOTES
--The Seahawks recently signed wide receiver Kasen Williams as an undrafted rookie free agent. Williams grew up in the Seattle suburb of Sammamish and went on to play at the University of Washington, although his career was derailed by a foot injury midway through his junior season.

That contributed to him going undrafted. He agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals, but then failed a physical and took part in the Seahawks' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

Seattle waited to sign Williams, though, because he would not have been able to take part in OTAs since Washington had not held graduation.

--Running back Marshawn Lynch attended minicamp after sitting out all of OTAs, which he does each year, deciding he can skip voluntary sessions.

Lynch avoids being fined, as he has made clear during Super Bowl media sessions, and will again attend the minicamp. However, he also usually does not step on the field during minicamp and it's unlikely he will this year, likely leaving any of the heavy work to younger players such as third-year back Christine Michael.

Lynch's primary backup, Robert Turbin, remains sidelined while rehabbing from offseason hip surgery.

--Seattle had just one practice during minicamp after violating NFL rules last year on practicing during minicamps. As announced by the NFL at the time, the violation was for permitting the club's players to engage in excessive levels of on-field physical contact during the team's 2014 mandatory minicamp for veteran players. Seahawks players will be paid for the cancelled practice sessions.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
PERSONNEL TRACKER

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

--DL Landon Cohen (not tendered as UFA).

--LB Heath Farwell (not tendered as UFA).

--WR David Gilreath (not tendered as ERFA).

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE-RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED (all signed)

--DE Frank Clark (2/63): $3,732,226/4 yrs, $1,210,844 guaranteed/$974,344 SB.

--WR Tyler Lockett (3/69): $3,318,752/4 yrs, $786,752 SB.

--G Terry Poole (4/130): $2,730,252/4 yrs, $450,252 SB.

--G Mark Glowinski (4/134): $2,625,688/4 yrs, $345,688 SB.

--CB Tye Smith (5/170): $2,446,252/4 yrs, $166,252 SB.

--DE Obum Gwacham (6/209): $2,370,484/4 yrs, $90,484 SB.

--C Kristjan Sokoli (6/214): $2,370,484/4 yrs, $90,484 SB.

--S Ryan Murphy (7/248): $2,333,492/4 yrs, $53,492 SB.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--DE Demarcus Dobbs: UFA; $825,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.

--LS Clint Gresham: UFA; $2.705M/3 yrs, $300,000 SB.

--QB Tarvaris Jackson: Not tendered as UFA; terms unknown.

--C Lemuel Jeanpierre: UFA; $825,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.

--WR Jermaine Kearse: RFA tendered at $2.356M with second-round pick as compensation; $2.356M/1 yr.

--WR Ricardo Lockette: ERFA; terms unknown.

--TE Anthony McCoy: Potential UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--LB Mike Morgan: Potential RFA; terms unknown.

--DE Greg Scruggs: Potential RFA; $785,000/1 yr, $100,000 SB.

--DB DeShawn Shead: ERFA; terms unknown.

--DT D'Anthony Smith: UFA; $635,000/1 yr, $50,000 WO.

--FB Will Tukuafu: UFA; $825,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.

--DT Jesse Williams: FA Seahawks; $435,000/1 yr.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--CB Will Blackmon: FA Jaguars; $950,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.

--TE Jimmy Graham (trade Saints).

--DT Ahtyba Rubin: UFA Browns; $2.5M/1 yr, $1M SB.

--CB Cary Williams: FA Eagles; $18M/3 yrs, $3.5M SB/$7M guaranteed.

PLAYERS LOST

--G James Carpenter: UFA Jets; $19.1M/4 yrs, $2.5M SB/$7.5M guranteed.

--S Jeron Johnson: UFA Redskins; $3.5M/2 yrs.

--CB Byron Maxwell: UFA Eagles; $63M/6 yrs, $6M SB/$25M guaranteed.

--TE Zach Miller (released/failed physical).

--TE Tony Moeaki: UFA Falcons; $745,000/1 yr.

--C Steve Schilling (not tendered as RFA/retired).

--LB O'Brien Schofield: UFA Falcons; $4.7M/2 yrs, $500 SB/$1M guaranteed.

--T Garrett Scott (released/non-football illness).

--LB Malcolm Smith: UFA Raiders; $7M/2 yrs, $2M SB/$3.75M guaranteed.

--C Max Unger (traded Saints).

--WR Bryan Walters: Not tendered as RFA/Jaguars; terms unknown.

--DT Kevin Williams: Not tendered as UFA/Saints; terms unknown.

 

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