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Schneider to reporters at league meetings: Michael Bennett's happy, hoping to have Russell Wilson's deal done by summer

Michael Bennett's a happy Seahawk, after all.

Greg Hardy's domestic-violence incident was "absolutely, yes," an issue for the Seahawks when they explored potentially adding the pass rusher before he signed as free agent last week with Dallas.

And the Seahawks hope to have Russell Wilson new contract done this offeason, like the Seahawks did with Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman last year. Thomas signed his four-year, $40 million extension in late April of 2014 and Sherman got his four-year, $56 million deal done in early May.

That's what Seahawks general manager John Schneider told Terry Blount, who covers the Seahawks for, and Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, today in Phoenix at the league's annual offseason meetings.

Here's some of what Blount heard:

Blount and Condotta both reported Schneider saying the team will indeed re-sign defensive tackle Jesse Williams. The GM told them the team releasing the Australian and fifth-round draft choice was procedural contract issue and the Seahawks intended to bring him back all along.

--This afternoon the league's competition committee added a proposal to the owner's on a rule change; it's on the ever-increasing subject of potential head injuries. The proposal would give the medical spotter the NFL recently placed in the press box authority to stop a game and have a player sent off for examination if he sees that player appears to be woozy.