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2014 NFL Free Agency: Michael Bennett will test the market, according to report

Bennett finished the 2013 season with 8.5 sacks in a rotational pass rusher role.

Otto Greule Jr

The pass rusher market will be a little bit stronger when it opens on Tuesday, as Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett will test free agency, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Bennett, 28, finished with 8.5 sacks in his first season with the Seahawks, making three starts and playing mostly as a rotational pass rusher. He also tallied 1.5 sacks in the postseason, to up his overall total to 10 sacks in 19 games.

Prior to the 2013 season, Bennett played four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, racking up 15 sacks, including nine sacks in 2012. He signed a one-year, $4.8 million deal with the Seahawks in March 2013.

There has been a pipeline between Seattle and Jacksonville since Dave Caldwell took over as general manager; however, it's important to remember that Bennett never played with Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley. Still, there's no question he could be a scheme fit with the Jaguars and provide a boost for the pass rush.

Whether the Jaguars sign Bennett or not, it's still good news when more talent is added to the free agency market, as it will give the team more options and possibly create less competition for the free agent they choose to target.

Free agency is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 11 after a three-day negotiating period that will begin at 12 noon ET on Saturday, March 8.