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.