On Monday afternoon, the NFL’s deadline to place the franchise tag on players passed and the defending world champion Seattle Seahawks declined to use the tag. Many pundits believe there was a chance the tag could be placed on free agent defensive end Michael Bennett.
Although Bennett believed only getting a one-year deal last season was “a little upsetting,” he doesn’t seem upset about not having the franchise tag placed on him.
“It’s not a bad thing,” Bennett told SiriusXM Radio via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “Get a chance to make a long-term deal.”
Bennett’s brother, Martellus, who is a tight end for the Chicago Bears, has talked to Bennett about joining the Bears. The Bears could certainly use Bennett, but may not be able to pay him what he could likely earn elsewhere.
“I’m not really worried about the outcome,” Bennett explained. “I know something great is going to happen whether it’s in Seattle or somewhere else.”
Bennett had 31 tackles, 8.5 sacks and a forced fumble last season.