This seems like a pertinent time to remind there are 235 days between Super Bowl 49 and the first game of the 2015 regular season, the NFL's annual Thursday-night opener in early September.
That's A LOT of time to think -- and then write -- whatever.
That appears to be the case with this report today out of Dallas-Fort Worth:
A Seahawks spokesman tells me Bennett has NOT asked for a trade to anywhere, and that the team has no idea of any basis for that Twitter-fueled rumor.
The speedy defensive end who controlled much of the line of scrimmage during last month's Super Bowl signed a $28.5 million, four-year contract with Seattle before last season.
Here's a glimpse into how this latest offseason NFL sausage of a story may have been made:
The agent with whom Bennett signed his deal with the Seahawks last year is Drew Rosenhaus. The agent who's been in negotiations the last couple days with the Cowboys over a potential new contract for Hardy is ... Drew Rosenhaus.
That may explain why a long-time Cowboys beat writer would write that now, the midst of Hardy trying to close a deal with Dallas.
A little leverage created by an agent always helps to create a maximum-value contract for a client. Especially one that is facing a possible six-game suspension at the start of next season, according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.
“Greg Hardy certainly is repelling his share of suitors,” King writes in his latest MMQB online column. “As the GM of one team who told me Hardy ‘is on our list, but pretty far down,’ there are two distinct problems with taking him on: a) Teams believe there’s a good chance Hardy will be suspended for the first six games of the season because of the domestic-violence incident that caused him to be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list last year; b) the public battering the team would take would potentially be intense and distracting. I think he’d fit best—without regard to off-field stuff—in Dallas or pass-rush-desperate Atlanta, Tampa Bay, San Diego or Jacksonville. Which team can best take the heat?”
Hardy had 26 sacks for Carolina in the 2012 and ’13 seasons, then spent last season on the Panthers’ commissioner’s exempt (in-trouble) list. Last year a judge in North Carolina convicted the 26-year-old Hardy of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend, but he then appealed and asked for a jury trial. The second trial ended and the case was dismissed when his accuser could not be located to testify.
So you can see how it's plausible Rosenhaus may be simply doing his job here, trying to get the most out of Dallas for his client.
Atlanta, of course, has as its new coach as of Feb. 3 former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Bennett, like every guy I've talked to on Seattle's defense, not just likes but loves Quinn. So there's where those two dots come from. Dots from the Twitter-sphere, that is.
Again, the Seahawks have heard nothing from Bennett about him wanting to leave the two-time defending NFC champions that featured him and his speed all over its defensive line on every down last season.
As for Hardy, I can confirm the Seahawks have some interest in him for potential pass-rush depth following the departure of end O'Brien Schofield to the Falcons on a free-agent deal last week. But Dallas remains the front-runner to sign him. A Seahawks spokesman said the team is merely doing its "due diligence" is exploring whether it can and wants to possibly add the 26-year old. The team has no visit scheduled with Hardy, contrary to reports on Monday.
The inference is obvious: The Seahawks know the mere potential of adding Hardy now, with all the concerns and perceptions that would come with him, requires even more "diligence" than usual -- whether that results in a signing or not.