Michael Bennett confirmed Thursday that he did not ask for a trade to Atlanta (or anywhere else, we presume), and he also confirmed he is not happy with his contract but is “trying to be a good Seahawk.”
Pete Carroll and John Schneider both previously have said Bennett has not asked for a trade, but Schneider avoided answering a question about the defensive end’s contract and there remained lingering whispers that Bennett was not happy with the $28.5 million deal he signed last year.
On Thursday, Bennett debunked the trade rumor, started by a Dallas report related to Greg Hardy late last month.
“They made rumors about Jesus; they’ll make rumors about anybody,” Bennett cracked to 710 ESPN’s Justin and Gee. “I never asked for it. I didn’t come to (the Seahawks) asking for a trade.”
Justin and Gee (never to be mistaken for news reporters) didn’t ask Bennett about his contract, but the Tom & Curley Show did.
Asked if he was happy with his deal, Bennett told the KIRO Radio hosts, “I can’t really say that. I don’t know anybody that is happy with the amount of money they’re making. At this point, I’m just trying to be a good Seahawk.”
Bennett gave up a chance to reunite with his brother, tight end Martellus Bennett, in Chicago last offseason, taking a little less money in a four-year, $28.5 million deal with the Seahawks.
“I had a chance to play with my brother, but I stayed here,” he told KIRO. “This team is a winning team. They’re a great organization.”
He was paid $10 million in 2014 and his $6 million salary this year is guaranteed. In 2016, he is due $4 million, plus $1 million in per-game roster bonuses. In 2017, he has a $6 million salary and $1.5 million in bonuses.
John Schneider has made it clear he will not redo deals with more than one year remaining, which means Bennett has no choice but to “be a good Seahawk” if he wants to play in 2015.