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The Seattle Seahawks re-signed defensive end Michael Bennett to a four-year contract on Monday.

"I don't think there's any better situation, no matter how much money is involved," Bennett said.

Bennett was an afterthought in 2013 free agency but became vital to the Seahawks' Super Bowl-winning defense. Bennett's brother, Martellus, plays tight end for the Chicago Bears, who were making a strong play for the defensive end. But Michael Bennett said Monday there was no deal available with more guaranteed money.

Bennett will make $28.5 million over four years. He gets $10 million in 2014, $16 million through the first two years, and $21 million over three. Of the total, $16 million is guaranteed, according to multiple reports.

Bennett, 28, only participated in 57 percent of the snaps last season but had 8.5 sacks to lead the team. He had another 1.5 sacks in the playoffs.

---Michael Bush's two-year stay in Chicago ended Monday when the Bears terminated the running back's contract.

Bush, 29, started just one of the 28 games he played with the Bears. Last season, he compiled 63 carries for 197 yards and three touchdowns. He also had four receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown.

Earlier Monday, the Bears re-signed defensive tackle Nate Collins and quarterback Jordan Palmer to one-year deals. Financial terms were not disclosed.

---The New York Jets released wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who was due $8.25 million in salary in 2014.

Holmes received $24 million guaranteed when the Jets signed him to a five-year, $45.25 million contract in 2011. He was also due a $1 million roster bonus March 13, giving the Jets a total savings of $9.25 million.

---Denver Broncos guard Chris Kuper, an eight-year NFL veteran and three-time team captain, informed the team of his intention to retire. Kuper's decision creates nearly $6 million in salary cap room for the Broncos.

Kuper, 31, was a starting guard from his second season of 2007 until he suffered a dislocated left ankle in the final game of the 2011 season. He started only five regular-season games in 2012, plus the playoff game, and in one more game last season.

---The New York Giants will release center David Baas, saving $1.775 million in salary cap room, The Star-Ledger reported.

The veteran was set to count $8.225 million this season against the salary cap. The Giants will save $1.775 million by releasing their 32-year-old starting center. The rest, $6.45 million, will be so-called "dead money."

---The St. Louis Rams released guard Harvey Dahl, saving $4 million in salary cap room.

Dahl originally signed with the Rams as a free agent in 2011. He started 39 games, but injuries slowed him in each of the past two seasons. In 2013, the 32-year old Dahl played in just nine games.

---Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley was informed he will be released Tuesday with a June 1 designation, which saves the Pittsburgh Steelers money against the 2014 salary cap.

Cutting Woodley was expected after Jason Worilds, who uprooted Woodley from his left outside linebacker spot last season, was given the transition designation.

---The Minnesota Vikings re-signed linebacker Larry Dean, avoiding restricted free agency.

Dean has played all 48 regular-season games and one playoff contest since joining the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Primarily playing on special teams, Dean has 48 overall tackles.

---The Carolina Panthers signed tight end/fullback Richie Brockel to a two-year contract and offensive lineman Garry Williams to a one-year deal.

Carolina also tendered restricted free agent tackle Byron Bell and exclusive rights player Chris Scott, a guard.

---The Atlanta Falcons signed offensive lineman Mike Johnson to a one-year contract extension.

Johnson appeared to be on track to be the starting right tackle last season, but at training camp he fractured his fibula and dislocated his left ankle. Johnson missed the entire 2013 season.

---The San Diego Chargers agreed to terms on a new two-year contract with guard Chad Rinehart.

The deal is worth $6 million, according to multiple reports.

---The Indianapolis Colts signed exclusive rights free agent outside linebacker Justin Hickman to a contract extension and promoted Brad White to assistant linebackers coach.

Hickman has 14 tackles (six solo) and three special teams stops in 12 NFL games. He spent the 2013 season on injured reserve.

---The Atlanta Falcons promoted Mark Collins to outside linebackers coach and hired Andrew Thacker as a defensive assistant.

Collins has served as a defensive assistant and worked with the defensive line for the past four seasons.

---The Detroit Lions announced Monday the Ford family will continue to maintain controlling interest of the team, a day after the death of longtime owner William Clay Ford Sr.

Martha Ford, Ford's widow, will gain controlling interest while son William Clay Ford Jr. will remain the team's vice chairman.
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