On Michael Bennett's shoulder situation

A soft market for defensive linemen helped the Seattle Seahawks sign Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to short-term contracts in free agency.

Having a torn rotator cuff was also a factor for Bennett, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Bennett's shoulder was a problem for him with Tampa Bay last season. The Buccaneers cited his shoulder while listing him as probable five times over the final eight games. Bennett had three of his nine sacks during that span, two against Philadephia and one against Carolina. He had zero sacks over the final three games, his only three-game streak without a sack during the 2012 season.

Players have been known to play through torn rotator cuffs. Antrel Rolle said he had two of them during the New York Giants' most recent Super Bowl season. He did not miss a game.

It's not clear whether Bennett's shoulder situation will prevent him from practicing or limit him during the 2013 season. The Seahawks would have passed him on a physical exam before signing him, an indication they were comfortable with whatever ailments he might have brought with him from Tampa Bay