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Hawks open minicamp; will Bennett be on hand?

The big news from the Seahawks minicamp this afternoon may come during roll call.

Tuesday’s first of the three-day mandatory camp will provide evidence of Michael Bennett’s attendance.

The Pro Bowl defensive end didn’t join the team during the recent organized-team-activities, but is expected to be on hand for this mandatory minicamp. Missing all three days could added up to more than $75,000 in fines.

Bennett has voiced his concerns over his salary since before last season, but nonetheless showed up for minicamp and training camp last season. He has said he would do the same this year. Some reports today have him in the Seahawks’ building.

Bennett signed a four-year, $28.5 million contract in 2014 but has expressed his belief that he should be paid among the top defensive ends in the NFL.

He’s not alone in his view of the inequity of his salary. USAToday listed Bennett as No. 2 on their list of the NFL’s most underpaid players, right behind New England’s Tom Brady.

The Seahawks have a policy of not extending a contract with multiple years remaining.

Bennett certainly made a case for it, though, with 84 quarterback pressures last season, the most in the NFL for a 4-3 defensive end. He also had 10 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Not just a pass-rusher, Bennett was crucial as a gap-penetrating run-stopper on the No. 1 rush defense in the league.

During OTAs, coach Petet Carroll said that while Bennett wasn’t with the team, he still had sent him videos of his workouts.

Another veteran defender who avoided the voluntary phase of OTAs was Chris Clemons, who returned to the team as a free agent after two seasons with Jacksonville.

Today’s workout also will give us a chance to judge the recovery of offensive tackles Garry Gilliam and J’Marcus Webb. Gilliam missed action in the OTAs after getting a cyst removed from his knee, while Webb was recovering from a calf strain.

The Seahawks are allotted the full three days of minicamp after having only one day last summer, having been docked two days when it was determined that they had engaged in excessive contact during off-season workouts the previous year.

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