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Bennett cashes in with Seattle

RENTON, Wash. — Michael Bennett gambled last offseason that playing on a one-year deal in Seattle would pay off in the future with a long-term contract.

The former Bucs defensive lineman was correct. Bennett now has a Super Bowl title and a four-year contract with the Seahawks.

"I don't know if there was any doubt, but there was a lot of speculation a lot of teams tried to get me to come there," Bennett said Monday after signing. "But ultimately I wanted to come back and play with these guys and win some more games."

He was considered one of the top free agents in the NFL after a breakout season with the Seahawks after four with Tampa Bay.

Website profootballtalk.com reported the deal was worth about $28.5 million with $16 guaranteed. Bennett, 28, said other teams offered more money, but the guaranteed amount was most important.

Ross to pay, benefit: Dolphins owner Steve Ross proposed paying upwards of $400 million to renovate Sun Life Stadium in exchange for not having to pay $3.8 million in annual taxes and turning stadium management over to Miami-Dade County officials, the Sun Sentinel reported. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said the facility, which opened in 1987, needs renovations to host the Super Bowl again.

More DOLPHINS: Safety Louis Delmas signed a one-year contract worth up to $3.5 million, and the team released cornerback Dimitri Patterson. Delmas, a former Lion, is a South Florida native.

Jets cut Holmes: The Jets cut receiver Santonio Holmes after four seasons. The move, which was expected, saves $8.25 million in base salary and $10.75 million in salary cap space.

BEARS: Seven-year running back Michael Bush was released, saving the team $2.85 million in salary and $1.85 million in 2014 cap space.

BRONCOS: Guard Chris Kuper, who started 79 games in eight seasons, is retiring after struggling with an ankle injury the past two seasons.

CARDINALS: Kicker Jay Feely, a Jesuit High graduate, said on his Twitter page that he re-signed, avoiding free agency.

COLTS: They re-signed linebacker Justin Hickman, an exclusive rights free agent, and defensive end Fili Moala.

GIANTS: Guard Chris Snee took a cut from $7.2 million to $1.1 million plus up to $1 million in incentives, ESPN reported.

JAGUARS: Defensive end Jason Babin, 33, voided the final two years of his deal and will hit the market before Jacksonville cuts him. Babin was due to make $6 million in 2014.

LIONS: Martha Ford will take over her late husband's controlling interest in the team. Team owner William Clay Ford, the last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford, died Sunday at 88.

PANTHERS: They extended tenders to retain free-agent offensive linemen Byron Bell and Chris Scott. Carolina also re-signed fullback Richie Brockel (two years) and offensive lineman Garry Williams (one).

STEELERS: The Associated Press reported that Pittsburgh will part ways with former Pro Bowl outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley today. And a post on cornerback Ike Taylor's Twitter account said he is staying under a new deal.

Bennett cashes in with Seattle 03/10/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 10, 2014 10:28pm]
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