Seahawks don’t intend to use franchise tag on Michael Bennett

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 Defensive lineman Michael Bennett joined the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year deal, looking to prove his worth and earn a bigger contract. Now with a giant Super Bowl ring on his finger he is looking for a new contract.

We are going to try to do whatever we can possible to try to keep this core together and there are going to be tough decisions,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said, via Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times. “There are a lot of days ahead that are going to be hard because there are going to be tough decisions.

“But if you want to be a consistent, championship-caliber football team, you have to have those tough decisions made. You can’t keep everybody.”

So, does that include using the franchise tag to keep Michael Bennett in town?

“I don’t anticipate that, no,” Schneider said Thursday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, via Pro Football Talk.

Bennett has also made it clear that he wants to take the best deal he can get, suggesting there won’t be any hometown discounts.

Topics: Seattle Seahawks

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