Posted February 12, 2014

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett on getting hometown discount: ‘This isn’t Costco’

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Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett had 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the postseason. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett had 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the postseason. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett believes in getting paid what you are worth and when asked if he would take a “hometown discount” to stay with the Super Bowl champions, Bennett was having none of that talk.

“There is no such thing as discount,” Bennett told NFL Network. “This isn’t Costco, this isn’t Walmart; this is real life.”

Bennett is a free-agent after signing a one-year deal worth $4.8 million last offseason.  He had 8.5 sacks in 2013 with one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

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The team could also slap the franchise tag on Bennett, but that would bump his salary to $12.6 million next season.

“There is no discount really because you go out there and you don’t give a discount on effort,” Bennett said. “You go out there and you give the best effort every day and you fight for your teammates, and you want to be compensated for the way that you perform and the kind of teammate you are.”


20 comments
onearmedlove
onearmedlove

It's a win win for team owners that can sucker players into taking less than their market value rate: they pay less for a team with the ability to earn more.

hubrob107
hubrob107

100% correct...the hawks want his best...they should give their best

scir91onYouTube
scir91onYouTube

id' rather have a great chance to win than to take extra money. WINNING should motivate you. how many dollars do you need beyond your first few million? winning will bring in more money anyway and it feels amazing to win a super bowl. this guy is taking that for granted. 

LawrenceArabia
LawrenceArabia

This is real life? Well, he will eventually be at the receiving end of this statement...

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

I love it - the reality of a stacked Super Bowl team about to come back to earth. That's what happens when you win big with a QB making nothing and a bunch of 'prove it' deals to quality players - it's time to pay the piper. Time to join the reality of the other 31 teams. Just wait until it's time to pay Russell Wilson...

BlowMeow
BlowMeow

Seattle used to have a guy by the name of Steve Hutchinson who left the 2006 Super Bowl Seahawks to get slightly more in Minnesota. He not only diminished the chances of that Seattle team going back to the SB, but his new team never even went to the playoffs (or even had a winning season I believe). Look, Seattle will pay you some good dough, but if money is all you care about, then Seattle should cut this guy loose ASAP. Let him play for the Brown and get smashed on every week. 

shortfatbald1
shortfatbald1

They really need to sign this guy, he's a beast. If only he could work on that sack/great play dance. LOL

JasonShaw1
JasonShaw1

@scir91onYouTube  Well he just won a Super Bowl, and I'm guessing you haven't, so he's probably making this decision fully informed.

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

@BlowMeow Problem here is he left...and went to MINNESOTA.  Minnesota, Jacksonville, and Cleveland are the three teams that, if you are serious about winning a Super Bowl, you only go to if every other team is not making you an offer.

 If Bennett leaves Seattle, chances are he's going to an NFC team (that isn't Minnesota).  Every team in the NFC East has the same chance to make the playoffs regardless of how bad they can be, and all four could use D-Line help.  His brother Martellus has been trying to recruit him to come to Chicago, which would definitely be willing to pay him what he's worth AND could use him.  Heck, two of the other three NFC West teams are within striking distance of Seattle (and the Rams seem like they could be getting there in a move or two), and they could all use D-Line help, too.


There's a big difference between only caring about money and wanting money while also wanting championships.  If he winds up with Minnesota, Jacksonville, or Cleveland, then you can make the Hutchinson comparison all day.  Otherwise, he's pretty much every NFL player ever.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@BlowMeow  Maybe he just left Seattle because it sucks and nobody want to live there... How 'bout those 'Sonics!!!

BlowMeow
BlowMeow

@BosephHeyden @BlowMeowGood points. But I think there's a few more Hutchinson-type teams than just Jacksonville, Cleveland, and Minn. I just get frustrated when fans make the league, but players and the NFL seems to give two sh*&s about the fans. I know he's got to get his money, but I'm sure Seattle will offer him something fair.

BlowMeow
BlowMeow

@Joebuckster @BlowMeowThen you've never been to Seattle. I've been there twice and it's one of the best cities I've been to...and I've been to over 40 states.

BlowMeow
BlowMeow

@danoj14 @BlowMeow @Joebuckster  I admit I was wrong when I thought the Hutchinson Vikings never went to the playoffs...but turns out so are you. The Vikings only went to the playoffs TWO times while he was there and the first playoff appearance was two years after he joined. In other words, again, he left a Super Bowl team to go to a 6-10 team (the first year he was on the Vikings). 

danoj14
danoj14

@BlowMeow @Joebuckster  Wow! To 40 states? And Seattle twice? Good for you. I've been there over 20 times and it is a fine city. Not as grand as you make it out to be. 

And Hutchinson went to the Vikings who made the playoffs five of the years he was there - notably the NFC Championship game against the Saints in 2009.