Free-agent defensive end Michael Bennett didn't sign with the Miami Dolphins, but he's not going to be visiting the Detroit Lions. That's because he has instead agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks. The deal is worth $5 million and gives the Seahawks yet another pass rusher.
This is a pretty surprising move considering Bennett didn't even take another visit before agreeing to a deal with the Seahawks. Much like Cliff Avril's deal with the Seahawks on Wednesday, it just came out of nowhere. It's also surprising because the Seahawks have added yet another big-time pass rusher. ESPN's John Clayton speculates that Bennett will be used in a role similar to the one Jason Jones had with the Seahawks last year.
Bennett has played DE and DT during his career. His signing is similar to the Jason Jones signing of last year.— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) March 14, 2013
This is disappointing for the Lions because Bennett didn't even make it to Detroit for a visit. It's also disappointing because the Lions still have a big hole at defensive end. Bennett seemed like the type of player who could step in as a starter and make a big impact, but he is no longer an option thanks to the Seahawks.