Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) runs with the ball after recovering a fumbled ball by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) (not pictured) during the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated San Francisco 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agent Rumors: Bears offering Michael Bennett more money than Seahawks


The Chicago Bears have quickly emerged as one of the front-runners for free agent defensive end Michael Bennett and appear willing to back up the Brinks trucks to sign him.

According to Brad Biggs, the Bears are offering Bennett more money per season than the Seattle Seahawks, hoping the additional cash will sway him from returning to the Super Bowl champions.

One source says #Bears offering $8.5 million per year for Michael Bennett and #Seahawks at $8 million annually. That is word around league.

There’s no mention of years being offered, so it’s not known how much  more money Bennett would actually be getting.

It’s possible that only $500,000 more per season may not be enough to sway Bennett – though – it’s also possible the Bears could be offering more years, which could intrigue the talented defensive end.

Chicago currently (ironically enough) has $8.6 million dollars in cap space, though, adding Bennett would allow the Bears to cut Julius Peppers who will cost the Bears upwards of $18 million dollars this season.

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