The Seattle Seahawks looked to have made it through the early stages of the NFL offseason in fairly good shape what with the addition of Pro Bowl Tight End Jimmy Graham and all.
News today emanating out of CenturyLink Field though will be giving head coach Pete Carroll a major headache.
That's because, according to respected beat writer Clarence Hill, Michael Bennett - a cornerstone of Seattle's near-impregnable defense - is seeking a trade away from the Seahawks to one of the franchise's potential rivals in the NFC.
The defensive end signed a new deal with the Seahawks only last year, agreeing to a four-year, $28.5 million deal in the wake of the franchise's Super Bowl success.
Clearly though Bennett feels he can now add value to that deal and is keen to do it in Atlanta.
With Seattle's former defensive coordinator Dan Quinn now sitting in the head coach position with the Falcons there is certainly scope for a potential trade. Bennett spoke positively on Quinn before he departed for the NFC South and the pair are known to have had a strong working relationship during their time in Seattle.
There is no doubt Seahawks fans will be hoping that Bennett's apparent trade demand is nothing more than rumors after having watched the 29-year-old pass-rusher's impressive performances in recent seasons.
Making moves already
Another report concerning the franchise though seems to add weight to the story.
Only earlier today it was revealed that fellow defensive end Greg Hardy, most recently of the Carolina Panthers, is set to visit the Seattle Seahawks later this week concerning a potential deal.
Hardy missed all but one game of the 2014 campaign as he dealt with off-field issues relating to a domestic abuse charge. There is no doubt that he has the ability to improve any team's defense though and Seattle are no different.
It remains to be seen though whether Pete Carroll was hoping to bring in Hardy alongside Michael Bennett, or whether the former is viewed as a potential replacement for a man seemingly keen on making a quick exit.
Of course there is, as of yet, no word out of Atlanta as to whether they would be keen on a trade or indeed increasing Bennett's salary any further.
What do you think Seahawks fans? Could your team cope without Michael Bennett, and should they consider giving him a new deal to avoid losing him? Let us know in the comments section below...
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