Seahawks Michael Bennett: I Won’t Take Discount, ‘This Is Not Costco’
Michael Bennett took a one year $5 million deal from the Seattle Seahawks last off-season and his play this year will guarantee the cocky pass-rusher a nice payday.
Bennett says he will sign with the team that wants him most when he hits free agency on March 11. The Ravishing Rick Rude of NFL pass rushers also told the Seattle Times that he wouldn’t take a discounted off to return to Seattle.
As Bennett put it, “this isn’t Costco.”
“There is no such thing as discount. This is not Costco, this is not Walmart — this is real life,” Bennett said on NFL Network. “There is no discount really because you go out there, and you don’t give a discount on effort. 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.”
Bennett is aware of the success he’s had in Seattle, and doesn’t want get caught simply chasing the money.
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“You have to have a great balance because obviously you want to be loyal to your teammates that you played with and you got to a good situation with, and you won a Super Bowl with,” Bennett said about his impending free agency. “But also you have a family, so you want to be in the best situation for them. It’s all about which team wants you. Every team says they want you but somebody has to open up the wallet and actually sign that check and it has to clear at Wells Fargo. It’s definitely a business and people hate to say that it’s that, but it is what it is. I would love to play for the Seahawks but they would have to want me back and the numbers have to be right.”