Recently signed Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett received a one-year deal worth much less than many anticipated for a player that was receiving interest from a number of teams on the open market. Bennett made the rounds early in the free agent period, but eventually settled for a one-year deal with the Seahawks worth $5 million.
Now that we have learned more about the situation, it makes sense why teams were scared away from Bennett.
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN:
Seahaws DE Michael Bennett, who left Tampa for Seattle, was diagnosed with torn rotator cuff. Injury why Bennett got a 1-yr deal in SEA.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2013
By signing the one-year deal, Bennett is taking a gamble on himself.
He believes that he will be able to get 100 percent healthy and put together enough quality film to generate more interest for when he hits the open market again next offseason.
Bennett could have easily held out for a two or three-year deal that was loaded with incentives, but instead he has decided to put it all on the line next season.
Hey, it worked for Joe Flacco.