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Seahawks deny report of Michael Bennett trade request

The Seahawks have denied a report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett has requested a trade to the Atlanta Falcons.

ESPN Adam Schefter was told by Seahawks officials that they have no knowledge of the Bennett trade request. The report, by Dallas Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill, also said Bennett wants a new contract.

Bennett signed a new four-year deal last year with the Seahawks worth $28.5 million. Whether the Bennett report is true of not, the Seahawks have turned their attention to free-agent defensive ends, including conversations with former Carolina Panthers standout Greg Hardy.

Hardy is in Dallas Tuesday to talk to the Cowboys. Several reports also have started that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also have an interest in Hardy.

Hardy, 26, played in only one game last season before going on the NFL exempt list because of well-publicized legal problems over a domestic violence case involving his former girlfriend, Nicole Holder.

The charges against Hardy were dismissed last month when Holder failed to show up in court. He is considered one of the top defensive ends in the NFL after making the Pro Bowl in 2013 with 15 sacks, a single-season record for the Panthers. Hardy could face a suspension by the NFL for several games at the start of the 2015 season.

The Seahawks also are talking to defensive ends Chris Canty and Anthony Spencer. Canty, 32, played the past two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, totaling 63 tackles and 2.5 sacks over those two seasons.

Spencer, 31, had 11 sacks for the Cowboys in 2012. He missed most of the 2013 season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee, but had only half a sack in 13 games last season.