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It was a bit perplexing to see defensive end Michael Bennett garner so little interest on the open market last year. He was a good edge-rusher who had flown under the radar, but apparently he was nearly invisible.
Luckily for him, the Seattle Seahawks noticed.
Bennett took a one-year deal to join a stacked defensive line in Seattle, and he had some huge games to help the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl title.
He recently expressed his desire to stay in Seattle, though he backpedaled a bit a few days later, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
In Bennett’s mind, he took the pay cut in 2013, signing a one-year, $5 million, bet-on-yourself contract in Seattle after the big money he wanted wasn’t available on the open market.
So if the Seahawks simply offer to give Bennett the same $5 million salary for each of the next three years, Bennett wouldn’t be thrilled with that.
“That would be taking a pay cut, to me,” Bennett told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday. “I had to prove myself as a player back-to-back years. Basically, I took a one year deal the year before, did a first-round tender in Tampa [as a restricted free agent], so I definitely just want to be paid. You know, I’m not trying to be the highest paid guy but I want to be compensated with the top guys.”
Indeed, Bennett did bet on himself and win last season. Perhaps $5 million per year is too steep of a discount, but he doesn't want to go back to a Tampa Bay-like situation, does he?