Michael Bennett won't take less money to stay with Seattle Seahawks

"There is no such thing as discount," defensive end says. "This isn't Costco. This isn't Walmart. This is real life."
Posted By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   Feb. 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM
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SEATTLE, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Super Bowl or not, unrestricted free agent Michael Bennett said that he will not be giving the Seattle Seahawks a hometown discount to remain with the team.

"There is no such thing as discount," the defensive end told the NFL Network on Tuesday night. "This isn't Costco. This isn't Walmart. This is real life."

Bennett signed a one-year $4.8 million contract with the team last spring and recorded 8.5 sacks in the regular season.

"There is no discount really because you go out there and you don't give a discount on effort," he 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."

The Seahawks could designate Bennett as their franchise player, but that would bring his salary up to $12.6 million in 2014.

"It's definitely a business," Bennett said. "People hate to say it's that, but it is what it is. I would love to play for the Seahawks, but they're going to have to want me back and the numbers are going to have to be right."

Bennett’s brother, Martellus Bennett, is the starting tight end for the Chicago Bears so that could be one potential landing spot for the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Another of Seattle’s high-profile free agents, receiver Golden Tate, indicated that he would take less money to stay in Seattle.


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