The Seattle Seahawks have been dealing with a number of questions surrounding their roster this offseason.
While they managed to sort out Marshawn Lynch's situation nice and early the futures of other big name stars such as Russell Wilson and Michael Bennett have remained in the headlines.
The latter in particular has proved problematic these past few months. Having opted out of voluntary workouts, and with trade rumors continuing to swirl, Bennett has today spoken out publicly on exactly what he wants, and why he wants it, moving forward.
“I think everyone who has a job, they want a raise for whatever they’re doing,” Bennett told King 5 in Seattle yesterday. “I’m just like and other American. I think everybody wants to be paid a little bit more so I don’t think I fall short of that."
"People assume when you ask for a little more money, they assume that you want to be traded or something like that. But that’s not what I’m trying to go for.”
Positive and negative
The Defensive End's explanation with both appease and annoy Seahawks fans.
On the one hand, Seattle's 12th man will be happy to hear that Michael Bennett sees his future with the Seahawks. After high profile reports from the likes of CBS' Jason LaCanfora claimed the player had made it clear to the franchise that "he'd rather not be back in Seattle" for the 2015 season, there had been a growing fear that the team would be forced to pander to his demands.
On the other, with Michael Bennett having only signed a new contract (four years, $28,500,000) 12 months ago he runs the risk of appearing greedy and demanding. Bennett may try to liken his position to any average American but the dollar signs don't quite put him in the same ball park.
Furthermore, the Seahawks have long had a policy not to re-negotiate deals with players who's contracts have more than one year left to run. The front office are unlikely to change their tune any time soon meaning that, if Bennett continues to hold out in the hope of a new deal, he could cause unwanted tension with the Seattle staff.
With quarterback Russell Wilson's future also unclear as he enters the final year of his rookie contract there is certainly work to be done by the Seahawks front office moving forward.
Seattle fans: Is Michael Bennett being greedy or does he deserve a bigger deal? Let us know in the comments section below...