Michael Bennett says he ‘probably won’t be back next year’ with Seahawks

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.