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RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks on Monday struck a deal with defensive end Michael Bennett, who was slated to become a free agent on Tuesday.

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Defensive end Michael Bennett speaking at Seahawks facility in Renton, Wash., on Monday, March 10, 2014. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Seahawks re-signed Bennett to a four-year contract worth $28.5 million, with $10 million coming in 2014 and $16 million guaranteed, according to a source who had spoken with the player.

The team later made the move official.

Bennett compiled 8.5 sacks and was considered one of the strongest defensive ends in the league last year with the Hawks, helping them secure a Super Bowl win and a 13-3 record throughout the season. He had one forced fumble and one fumble recovery with the team.

Bennett considered one of the Hawks’ off-season priority signings. Earlier media reports suggested he would sign with the Chicago Bears.

“I don’t know if there was any doubt, but there was a lot of speculation and a lot of teams tried to get me to come there,” Bennett said at a news conference in the indoor practice facility at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. “But ultimately I wanted to come back and get a chance to play with these guys and just win some more games.

“My brother understands my situation. It was all on me, not really him. So I feel like I made the right decision and I’m just happy to be back.

“I just love the organization and the things they’re about,” Bennett said. “I love the staff – from the equipment staff to the medical staff, it just goes on and on. Everybody here, they’re good people. And I really enjoy that.

“I love the fans here, and that’s one of the main reasons I came back. … These people, they just love the players and I appreciate that and how much they put into being one of the biggest reasons why we win games.

This is actually exactly what it was for,” he said. “To come here, win the Super Bowl, play with all the guys I grew up with, just to win it felt really good and to get the contract is even better.

“It’s been amazing the career I’ve been able to have so far. Just to be a guy who wasn’t drafted and to be more successful than a lot of guys who were in front of me, it’s just been a great ride so far.”

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Recording artists Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks attends a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center on February 3, 2014. From Getty Images.

 

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Wide receiver Sidney Rice #18 of the Seattle Seahawks during the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Hawks released Rice Friday, according to sources.

SEATTLE — The Seahawks are releasing wide receiver Sidney Rice to clear cap space, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Friday.

Schefter sent this tweet Friday at 9:14 a.m.

The move was widely expected by football experts.

The Seattle Seahawks did not confirm the report, but Rice tweeted apparent confirmation later.

“The number #12 will remain on the left side of my chest no matter what!’’ Rice tweeted. “Grateful for the opportunity to share so many special moments w yall.’’

Rice, 27, signed a five-year, $41 million contract with Seattle in July 2011. He tore his ACL in late October, and has suffered injuries on and off throughout his career.

Rice caught 97 passes in three seasons with the Hawks.

LynchSEATTLE — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has agreed to plead guilty Friday to a lesser charge of reckless driving to resolve his pending DUI case in California, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

Lynch will receive two years of probation as part of the plea bargain, along with a fine that will be determined by the judge, ESPN said, citing his attorney, Ivan Golde.

Lynch, 27, was arrested July 14, 2012, after an officer allegedly observed him driving north on Interstate 880 in Oakland weaving in and out of lanes in a Ford van.  Golde told ESPN that Lynch recorded a .08 blood-alcohol level on the field sobriety test, the lowest level that is above the legal limit in California.

Golde also believes that pleading to the lesser charge will enable Lynch to avoid any penalties from the NFL.

“I can’t speak for the commissioner [Roger Goodell],” Golde told ESPN, “but my feeling is Marshawn is OK and will avoid a suspension.”

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Meanwhile, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis Thursday that the club will not use the franchise tag on pass-rushing defensive end Michael Bennett, who is to become a free agent if he is not re-signed.

“I don’t anticipate that, no,” Schneider said of the franchise tag possibility at a news conference.

Schneider also said that bringing back wide receiver Golden Tate, also due to become a free agent, is “a big priority.”

“Golden knows where we stand,” Schneider said. “He knows how much we love him.”

SEATTLE — No one gets better access to the Super Bowl than the players themselves.

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Golden Tate’s view of what he saw at Super Bowl Media Day. (Screen grab from Golden Tate’s video/KCPQ)

One Seahawks player wanted to show the 12th Man what the experience was really like, through his own eyes.

Wide receiver Golden Tate wore a GoPro camera and Google Glass on Super Bowl Media Day. But it turns out he captured the entire week leading up the big game on video.

So watch the Super Bowl Gameday experience through the eyes of Golden Tate.

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SEATTLE — Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett made it clear to the team that if they hope to resign him in free agency, they better not think of offering a discounted price.

“There is no such thing as a discount,” Bennett told NFL Network Tuesday. “This isn’t Costco, this isn’t Walmart; this is real life.”

Bennett, 28, said he hopes to stay in Seattle, but won’t take any sort of cut in pay or cheaper offer to remain on the world championship team.

“You go out there and you give the best effort every day and you fight for your teammates, and you want to be compensated for the way that you perform and the kind of teammate you are,” Bennett told the NFL Network.

Bennett compiled 8.5 sacks and was considered one of the strongest defensive ends in the league this year with the Hawks, helping them secure a Super Bowl win and a 13-3 record throughout the season.

To watch the full Michael Bennett interview, click here.

SEATTLE — When running back Marshawn Lynch asked Seahawks fan John Scott in the crowd for his Native American hand drum at the team’s Super Bowl victory parade last Wednesday, Scott hesitated at first, but then he gave it up.

“I was kind of concerned; he doesn’t know how sacred it is to the Native community, but then when I realized, hey, this is Marshawn Lynch, he just won us a Super Bowl. So I thought it was an even exchange — the drum for the Super Bowl,”  Scott said.

Lynch beat on the drum during much of the parade.

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Nathan Chasing Horse, left, a medicine man with the Rosebud Lakota Sioux Nation who is best known for starring as “Smiles A Lot” in the blockbuster film “Dances with Wolves,” presents a new Native drum to John Scott after Scott gave his to Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch in the Super Bowl parade. (Photo: KCPQ-TV/Seattle)

Nathan Chasing Horse, a medicine man with the Rosebud Lakota Sioux Nation who is best known for starring as “Smiles A Lot” in the blockbuster film “Dances with Wolves,” heard about Scott’s gift from Tina Hagedorn.  He takes a lot of pride in preserving his Native people’s teachings and customs.

“The drum is very important to all Native people’s cultures,” Chasing Horse said Monday.

For him, the drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth. He uses it during healing ceremonies and said, “My people call it the Chan Chega and the Ichabu, the drumstick and the drum, what it symbolizes is thunder and lightning.”

Chasing Horse said his people believe there is a purpose for everything and, though some tribal members may have frowned at first on Lynch beating the drum during the parade, he said, “When you think about it, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl and for that in itself has brought some change for the state of Washington.”

He understands the loss Scott felt when he gave Lynch his drum and was proud of him for representing the giving nature of the Native people’s culture, so during a ceremony at the Tulalip Casino, he replaced Scott’s gift with his own personal hand-made ceremonial drum, telling him. “I pray that this will serve a good purpose in the smoke house or wherever you choose to use it and so my brother friend, this is your drum.”

Hagedorn, who arranged the meeting, works with Chasing Horse on his nonprofit youth drum project organization.

“The things that Nathan and John talked about with the drum are very meaningful to our Native community and I think all of our Seahawks fans can really feel what it means to be united together by a team,”  Hagedorn said.

Beast Mode may not have known the true power of the drum he was given, the power to bring people together and to touch hearts.

“I gave it to Marshawn expecting nothing in return; so for me, to get another drum from such a special person, I’m honored,” Scott said.

Watch the video report.

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