RENTON Yes, Michael Bennett is here, on the field and participating, for the first practice of Seahawks training camp despite his unhappiness with his four-year, $28.5 million contract.
Just like he did last year before making the Pro Bowl for the first time.
Much ado about little.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider listened this week as the agent for the disruptive defensive end talked about Bennett’s deal that still has two years remaining. But as Schneider said Thursday, “90 percent of my job is listening.” It was not a negotiation, as Schneider is apparently sticking to his stated policy of not renegotiating contracts that have more than one year left on them.
Other immediate news from what I’ve seen in the first minutes of camp this morning:
▪ As Schneider promised, recuperating tight end Jimmy Graham and running back Thomas Rawls are not practicing. No word yet on if either is going on the team’s physically-unable-to-perform list to begin camp. The team needs to submit that move, if they want to make it, to the league by 1 p.m. today.
Graham is recovering from a patellar-tendon tear in his knee in late November. Rawls, retired Marshawn Lynch’s replacement as Seattle’s lead runner, broke his ankle and tore ligaments in December. Schneider said the team will stay cautious and conservative with both, with the expectation of them starting the opening game Sept. 11 against Miami.
▪ Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga, signed in the offseason for depth, is the guy in the white jersey joining Graham and Rawls on the side not participating at the start of practice.
▪ Jermaine Kearse and fellow wide receiver Tyler Lockett stopped to sign autographs for fans standing just outside the locker room on the way onto the practice field. As usual, quarterback Russell Wilson got a big, loud welcome to camp.