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March 2, 2008 5:50 PM

Kevin Bentley agrees to terms with Houston

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Linebacker Kevin Bentley is going to the Texans, agreeing to terms with Houston. League sources said it's a three-year agreement worth a total of $4 million.

Bentley played for Seattle the past three seasons, serving as a linebacker valued for his versatility. He was also a special-teams standout, but perhaps his biggest landmark moment came in the NFC Championship Game in January 2006 when he was on the field for a good 10, 15 plays charged with giving Steve Smith some grief at the line of scrimmage.

The move is a good one for Bentley, who was looking for an opportunity to be a starting linebacker. Ray Rhodes presence on the Texans coaching staff probably helped him, too.

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Posted by No.12

7:15 PM, Mar 02, 2008

I liked how Bentley jammed Steve Smith in the NFC Championship, but also how he saved the Philly game last year by running down Brian Westbrook on that punt return.

Bentley will definitely be a bigger fish in a smaller Houston pond and get more snaps.

Posted by TMann

8:23 PM, Mar 02, 2008

While it's always bad to see good players leave your team, I can understand him looking for a new opportunity. With Lofa, Leroy and Julian in the lineup, Kevin's chance of being a starter on this team were small. I hope that he does well in Texas.

Posted by MJ

9:50 PM, Mar 02, 2008

Kevin Bentley?? I might as well just cancel my season tickets if he's not coming back

Posted by Thomas

6:54 AM, Mar 03, 2008

one more big loss on special teams....

more so than just loosing the best linebacker on the team outside of our pro-bowl-caliber starting trio, is the HUGE LOSS on special teams... agreed on the westbrook stop... Bentley single-handedly stopped Philly from bouncing right back into the game with a fresh six, perhaps seven points... now, it's 50 different plays a year just like that one which exemplifies the loss Seattle will be taking on special teams.... especially with Josh Scobey, Josh Wilson, and Alvin Pearman banged-up with injuries, or Niko Koudovidies, who's also departed to another team - all guys who can tackle very well, and get down the field in a big hurry... so, overall, i believe the biggest loss to the team in loosing Bentley is on special teams - an area that's taken a huge cut this off-season and, in my opinion, hasn't gotten a lick of press coverage. all of our stand-outs on special teams have vanished... what will Seattle's special teams coverage look like next year??? who will step up on special teams???

Posted by Bart

8:47 AM, Mar 03, 2008

More bad news: Koutovides is gone now too, signed w/ Denver- 3yr deal w/ about 2.5M per year

saw it on ESPN

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