Seattle Seahawks Rumors: Michael Bennett Not Privy To Hometown Discount

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This time last year, the NFL and its fans were still enamored with the Joe Flacco-led Baltimore Ravens and their unreal run to a Super Bowl XLVII victory. However, that intrigue would soon town to worry as the Ravens’ Super Bowl roster was picked apart by both retirement and free agency. Big-time players like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin would all hit the road for one reason or another as the Lombardi Trophy buzz soon faded away from Baltimore.

Thankfully for the Seattle Seahawks, their roster won’t be turned upside down this offseason like the Ravens’ was in 2013. With that being said, the team’s best pass rusher is on the open market and made it very clear on Tuesday that he isn’t open to this thing they call a “hometown discount.” In fact, here’s what All-Pro defensive end Michael Bennett had to say about the theory of taking less money in general:

“There is no such thing as discount. This is not Costco, this is not Walmart — This is real life…You want to be compensated for the way that you perform and the kind of teammate you are.”

Needless to say, the Seahawks are going to need to show Bennett the money if they hope to re-sign him this summer. If Seattle hesitates whatsoever, then I fully expect a desperate team like the Chicago Bears or even New York Giants to swoop in and make Bennett a very rich offer.

See: Chicago Bears Rumors: Could Team Target Michael Bennett

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  • KWS13

    Not sure where All-Pro defensive end came from… also, he’s also said how much he loves Seattle and basically that he would rather play in Seattle than with his brother in Chicago, so I’d say he likes it there. Plus he knows he works best, like most pass rushers, when he isn’t the only/clear best rusher, he always has Avril or Clemons opposite him so on a “desperate” team he probably wouldn’t do nearly as well. Seattle doesn’t have a lot of cap space this year but has a few big contracts they can reduce or cut which can clear over $20 million (Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, Chris Clemons, Red Bryant though hopefully not). Their only other free agents are guys not likely to demand a lot more than they are making and Golden Tate, who implied he’d take a bit of a home discount. I don’t think Bennett is going anywhere

  • steelyournaim

    to be honest and i hate to say it, i can see clemons getting cut to keep bennett. but in the end, i have enough faith in coach pete and gm schnieder to get the job done and do what they think is right for the team in the draft and free agency. i dont see bennett leaving though

  • bernell jackson

    show me the money!!! isn’t that what all the athlete say