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Seahawks' Bennett arrives, eschews holdout

RENTON, Wash. — Michael Bennett jogged out from the locker room, the last healthy Seattle Seahawks player to emerge from the team's practice facility, answering the one lingering question as one of the NFC favorites opened training camp on Saturday.

No, there wouldn't be a holdout for the Seahawks to deal with on the first day of camp.

"I just want to show up and be a great teammate," Bennett said. "No distractions for the team. I just want to be a Seahawk for the rest of my life."

Over the past year, Bennett has noted his displeasure with the contract he signed after Seattle won the Super Bowl in 2014. He considered holding out before training camp last season, but then showed up on time and had arguably the most productive season of his career with 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. Bennett was selected to the Pro Bowl last season as well.

Even with his arrival for the start of camp, Bennett would still like to see his contract improved. Seattle's precedent has been not to renegotiate deals that have more than one year remaining. And for now, that remains the case with Bennett.

"That's up for the coaches and my agent to take care of. I don't want to stir anything up in the media, he said, she said, whenever," Bennett said. "What happens will happen and you guys will be the first to know."

While Bennett's arrival and contract status was the focus, the conversation quickly turned to the Black Lives Matter shirt he put on before addressing the media. Bennett also has been outspoken regarding social issues.

"It means everything to me. It's about social change, and change economically and just change everything that is going on in society right now," Bennett said. "You just want to be a good advocate for speaking up for what is going on and making sure you have great influencers."

Bennett was highly complimentary of players in the NBA and WNBA who have spoken out in recent weeks.