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Seattle Seahawks: Michael Bennett back, but still pushing for a raise

By The Sports Xchange
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) and Umpire Barry Anderson (20) in Seattle, Washington on November 29, 2015. Bennett is coming off a career-best 10 sacks last season for the Seahawks. Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) and Umpire Barry Anderson (20) in Seattle, Washington on November 29, 2015. Bennett is coming off a career-best 10 sacks last season for the Seahawks. Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI | License Photo

RENTON, Wash. -- After skipping the voluntary portion of the offseason, defensive end Michael Bennett was onsite for the beginning of the Seattle Seahawks mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday.

However, Bennett did not take part in practice due to what he called an ankle injury.

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"I've got an ankle injury just dealing with," Bennett said. "Trying to get back healthy, from working out. Just trying to make sure I get back ready to go when the season starts."

Bennett had been away from offseason workouts as he continues to press for a new contract from the Seahawks. Bennett still has two years remaining on the four-year, $28.5 million contract signed following the 2013 Super Bowl season. Bennett said he doesn't plan on holding out from training camp to attempt a force his way into a new deal with Seattle.

"It's up to the organization what they do. I just want to be a great teammate and a great player," Bennett said.

With Fletcher Cox of the Philadelphia Eagles and Olivier Vernon of the New York Giants each getting massive contracts this offseason, and Denver's Von Miller seeking similar money from the Broncos, there has been a lot of dollars thrown at defensive players this offseason. Even though Bennett wants more from Seattle, he says he hasn't paid much attention to the contracts given elsewhere in the league.

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"I don't really pay attention to too many contracts," he said. "It can make your stomach hurt. It's like seeing your favorite girlfriend get married to somebody else."

That being said, Bennett still thinks he's on par with the elite defenders in the league that are worthy of $100 million contracts.

"Of course I am," Bennett said. "If you look at the stats of those guys, what they've done the last couple years, I'm at the top of that list in every statistical category if you look at it. Tackles for loss, quarterback hits, hurries, games played, positions played. I mean, it speaks for itself."

Bennett is coming off a career-best 10 sacks last season for the Seahawks.

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