Super Bowl-winning defensive lineman Michael Bennett is set to test the market once he becomes a free agent March 11, and although he said he would love to remain with the Seattle Seahawks, he also said that he will not accept a hometown discount.
Bennett joined the Seahawks on a one-year, $5 million deal last offseason and with his contributions on arguably one of the best defenses in NFL history (team-high 8.5 sacks), it won’t be long until he gets paid like an elite defensive lineman.
However, I’m not so sure it will be with the Seahawks. With defensive backs Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman set to become free agents next offseason and extensions for both players looming on the horizon, bringing back Bennett might not be as high of a priority for the Seahawks than people might imagine.
Cue little brother Martellus Bennett. The Chicago Bears TE has diligently recruited his older brother to play with him in Chicago since he watched him hold up the Lombardi Trophy early last month. On February 27, Martellus tweeted a childhood photo of Michael in a Jordan Jersey and added, “Remember this childhood photo. Mmmm Chicago is calling you.”
The Bears would have to pull out their pocket books if they want to pursue Michael Bennett, but with rumors that Chicago might cut Julius Peppers, who is above 30 and has failed to live up to his massive contract, Bennett could come in and be a key catalyst to a defense that didn’t produce a pass rush all season.
Martellus said it is a dream to play with his brother in the NFL and in an interview with CBS Chicago, he said he already let his coaches know. It’s easy to see that the two share that brotherly love. Only time will tell if they can continue to share that brotherly love in Chicago.