Report: Seahawks sign Michael Bennett to three-year extension

January 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) celebrates with head coach Pete Carroll after the 28-22 victory against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks and defensive end Michael Bennett have reportedly come to an agreement on a three-year contract extension.

This deal was first reported by Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report.

NFL insiders quickly confirmed this report, with NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport providing contractual context.

This is a huge deal that benefits both Bennett and the Seahawks. A key cog in the team’s dynamic defense, Bennett plays all over the line for Seattle, moving inside and outside with an ease and effectiveness that is rarely seen.

Though he has only tallied four sacks this year, thanks in part to a knee injury that required surgery, Bennett’s stat sheet never does him justice as it concerns his impact on the field. Whether he’s pushing the pocket from a defensive tackle spot or collapsing it from the outside as a defensive end, the defensive lineman is constantly making life difficult for opposing offensive lines.

At the age of 32, this is likely the last big payday Bennett will receive. He’s long lamented he wasn’t getting paid what he’s worth. Now he finally has a big contract he can live up to.