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Michael Bennett, do you want a trade? "No."; Tye Smith, Kristjan Sokoli first 2 draft-picking signings

While talking to pal Tom Glasgow yesterday afternoon during the afternoon show on Seattle's KOMO newsradio I gave my ongoing opinion that defensive end Michael Bennett isn't going anywhere. That is despite continued reports, the latest, from CBS' Jason LaCanfora Wednesday, that Bennett and his representatives have made it known that he wants out of Seattle.

Today, Bennett appeared on KING-5 television's "New Day" talk show in Seattle and said that's false.

"I think everybody that has a job, they want a raise, whatever they do," Bennett said. "So I'm just like every other American.

"People assume when you are asking for a little more money you want to be traded...That's not what I'm trying to go for."

"So you don't want to be traded?" New Day host Margaret Larson replied.

"No," Bennett said.

You can view Bennett's comments -- or was it reassurance? -- today here.

No way the Seahawks want to trade their dynamic defensive end who got off the ball quicker than any other linemen last season, moved inside as a rush tackle on passing downs and wrecked New England's offensive line for three quarters of February's Super Bowl.

Bennett is just entering year two of the four- year, $28.5 million contract with $16 million guaranteed he signed before the 2014 season. The Seahawks and general manager John Schneider have made it a policy not to renegotiate deals until there is as little as a year left on them, so that option is gone. The only real move Bennett has in an effort to get more cash now is to skip voluntary workouts like he did at team headquarters last month and complain -- yet not enough, he said today, to quit being a starter on the two-time defending NFC champions.

So we can put that to rest ... until the next Bennett rumor in, oh, let's guess eight days or so.

FIRST TWO DRAFT-PICK SIGNINGS

Sixth-round draft choice Kristjan Sokoli, the defensive tackle from Buffalo the Seahawks are converting to center, joined fifth-round pick and cornerback Tye Smith from Towson as Seattle's first draftees signed.

Sokoli signed a deal worth $2,280,000 over four years, with a base salary of $435,000 in 2015.

Smith signed for $2,446,000 over four years.

FORGET ABOUT LA'EL COLLINS -- UNTIL SEATTLE PLAYS AT DALLAS NOV. 1

Yes, much to the dismay of many of you on here, the Cowboys today signed peculiarly undrafted free agent offensive lineman La'el Collins. And Dallas owner Jerry Jones immediately spouts his team may have the best offensive line ever.

So much for Collins coming out here to the Seahawks.

ONE WORD: RIDICULOUS

You know those shows of support for the military in NFL stadiums, especially during the month of November and the league's "Salute to Service" initiative?

Turns out some of the military -- and thus some of the nation's taxpayers -- are paying for those tributes.

So says nj.com in this galling report. In there is a list of NFL teams the Seahawks must be glad they are not on.

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