After signing a one-year, $4.8 million deal last off season, pending free agent defensive end Michael Bennett is hoping to cash in on a bigger pay day when he hits the open market in 2014. Bennett was a key member of the Seattle Seahawks defense this season and is now a Super Bowl champion, so he could very well get that check.
While speaking about his upcoming free agency, Bennett has made it clear that he hopes to remain with the Seahawks, but if he can’t get the pay raise he is looking for it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him look elsewhere.
“Basically I took a one year deal the year before, did a first-round tender in Tampa, so I definitely just want to be paid, you know,” Bennett said, via the Seattle Times. “I’m not trying to be the highest paid guy, but I want to be compensated with the top guys.”
While Bennett is certainly deserving of the bigger contract, he is on a team that will need to shell out the big bucks for quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman.
If those deals eat up too much cap space, Bennett could be playing elsewhere in 2014 and find himself on his third team in three years.