Running back Darren Sproles #43 of the New Orleans Saints is hit by defensive end Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks in the first half during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at CenturyLink Field on January 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - General manager John Schneider called keeping DE Michael Bennett the top priority of the Seattle Seahawks this offseason.

Mission accomplished.

Bennett signed a four-year extension with the team on Monday. According to Mike Florio of, the deal is worth $28.5 million with $16 million guaranteed.

"It's really exciting to be back and be on a Super Bowl winning team and just playing with these guys," Bennett said. "Knowing that we have a chance to win another Super Bowl is a really great feeling."

Bennett said he could have earned more money elsewhere but elected to remain with the Seahawks. He said he "100 percent" wanted to remain with Seattle following the team's victory parade in February. However, he also said he didn't intend to be "Costco" or "Walmart" in giving discounts either.

In the end, he did take less to remain with the Seahawks.

"I wanted to be here. There are a lot of young guys here and a lot of winning ways," Bennett said.

"It was about being comfortable and being in a good situation. Sometimes going to another organization doesn't work out the way it worked out for me coming here and being with these guys. ...I know what this place is. I'm familiar with the staff and the players and it makes it a big deal to be here."

Bennett hoped to get a long-term deal last season but a poor free agent market forced him to settle for a one-year, $5 million deal with Seattle. Bennett led the Seahawks with 8.5 sacks this season and proved to be a highly versatile option along the defensive front.

It took a year longer than he hoped but Bennett finally got the security of a long-term contract. After entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2009, he's happy to

"Getting a chance to get another deal here... I love the fans here and that's one of the main reasons I came back. To get this deal here means a lot to me," Bennett said.