Having found success relatively easy to come by in recent seasons the Seattle Seahawks are reaching a critical point in their long term plan.
With success comes big pay checks, as has long been the case in the NFL, and this offseason the Seattle hierarchy are having to deal with a number of negotiations with a number of key players.
And as if that wasn't difficult enough, reports have now revealed that they are also facing the distraction of one disgruntled star holding out from team workouts in a bid to upgrade his own deal.
As reported by the Seattle Times, Michael Bennett opted against turning up for work on Monday afternoon. The publication stating that the Defensive End is holding out in order to force the Seahawks to renegotiate his current contract.
The fact that the Super Bowl winner only signed a new four-year deal worth over $28 million at this time last season may scupper those plans though.
Indeed, after weeks and months of speculation (not helped by comments from the player himself) the Seahawks fans and front office could be forgiven for running out of patience with Bennett.
Whilst going on record to deny that he wanted a trade away from Seattle he did tell one radio station at the beginning of April that he wasn't particularly happy with his contract situation.
This latest move then is simply his most recent attempt to force the issue.
With future deals for the likes of Bruce Irvin and franchise quarterback Russell Wilson already at the early stages of negotiation it is safe to say Seattle already have plenty on their plate as they bid to keep together a successful group of players. With three years on his deal left Bennett may find himself down the pecking order even with his workout stunt.
Add to that the fact that the Seattle Seahawks, as a rule, do not renegotiate with players who have over two years left on their contracts and it looks like Michael Bennett may be fighting a losing battle.
The Seahawks do not look in danger of losing Bennett anytime in the near future but they will want to keep content one of their key cogs on defense. The DE played every game for Seattle in 2014 and is one of the vocal leaders in the locker room.
What do you think Seahawks fans? Is Bennett being greedy, or should the team pay up to avoid further confrontation? Debate the issues in the comments section below...
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