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NFL Free Agency 2014: Michael Bennett says there are no hometown discounts

Jan 30, 2014; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) at a press conference at The Westin in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is set to be a free agent next month and he will have plenty of teams looking his way in order to boost their pass rush. Despite wanting to return to the Seahawks in 2014, Bennett wants to be paid like one of the top guys in the league and he understands that may have to be done by signing elsewhere.

With Seattle needing to give raises to star quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman, they may not have the money to give Bennett the contract he is looking for. Considering he doesn’t believe in hometown discounts, Bennett appears to be destined for his third team in three years.

“There is no such thing as discount. This is not Costco, this is not Walmart — this is real life,” Bennett said on NFL Network, via the Seattle Times.

“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 has played each of the past two seasons on a one-year contract and still performed like one of the top guys in the league, so he certainly deserves to be paid like one.

Coming off of another impressive year and finishing it with a Super Bowl title, it looks like he could finally get his wish.

Topics: Michael Bennett, NFL, NFL Free Agency, Seattle Seahawks

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  • hawkdawg

    The Seahawks are barred by the CBA from giving Wilson a “raise” this year. Earliest they can do so is after next season.

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