It should be an interesting offseason for the Seahawks as they’ll sit out the postseason for the first time since 2011.
For example, defensive end Michael Bennett, a staple in Seattle, may be seeing the end of his tenure with the team — or so he thinks.
After Seattle lost to Arizona on Sunday to end its playoff aspirations, Bennett, 32, told The News Tribune he expects to be on a different team in 2018.
“I probably won’t be back next year,” he said. “Just seems like it’s a young man’s game. I can see them going younger, with younger players. That’s part of the game.”
Bennett’s cap figure rises from $8,387,500 in 2018 to $10,237,500 in 2020 — the final year of his current deal.
Seattle could outright cut Bennett, who had 8 1/2 sacks this season, to save the salary space or find a trade partner.
If he does indeed leave town, it will be just another wave of change in an NFC West that watched the Rams rise and the 49ers acquire a potential franchise QB in Jimmy Garoppolo this season.