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Bennett turned down more money from two other teams

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Last year, defensive end Michael Bennett signed a one-year, $5 million deal in Seattle.  This year, he’ll be making a lot more.

But he could have made even more.  Per a league source, Bennett turned down more money from two teams to re-sign with the Seahawks.

One team is believed to be the Bears.  The other team currently isn’t known.

Bennett will make $28.5 million over four years.  He gets $10 million in 2014, $16 million through the first two years, and $21 million over three.

Of the total, $16 million is guaranteed.  It’s unclear how much is fully guaranteed beyond the first year.

It’s an average of $7.125 million per year, less than the $8.5 million average the Vikings paid to defensive end Everson Griffen on a five-year deal.  Griffen has one career start, and 17.5 career sacks, all in the last three seasons.  Bennett has 23.5 sacks over the last three years.

Still, Bennett played in only 57 percent of the snaps last year.  The Seahawks presumably intend to keep his workload at the same level.  And his compensation likely is based on the idea that he won’t be on the field every down of every drive.

Regardless of his workload, Bennett becomes the first Seahawk to take less in order to stay in Seattle.  If more do the same, the Seahawks will be well positioned to win more Super Bowls.

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46 Responses to “Bennett turned down more money from two other teams”
  1. kuranda84 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:16 PM

    That’s a pretty good deal. Great job, Mr. Schneider!

  2. stumpzzz says: Mar 10, 2014 4:17 PM

    $7.125 Avg per year? I can digg it. JS/PC getting things done, next up, my main man Golden. :)

  3. pathsovglory says: Mar 10, 2014 4:18 PM

    Costco Seattle

    Free samples all day

  4. shanmatt72 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:18 PM

    Told you Chicago.

  5. thepftpoet says: Mar 10, 2014 4:18 PM

    Everson Griffen is twice the Defensive End Michael Bennett is or ever will be.

    #Skol

  6. beastmode5150 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:19 PM

    It goes to show you that Players want to play in Seattle. Good luck everyone else.

  7. ceefu says: Mar 10, 2014 4:20 PM

    Other people reporting $34-36 million. If the $28.5m figure is correct….WOO HOO!

  8. rodvmunchiii says: Mar 10, 2014 4:21 PM

    Meanwhile Greg Schiano still gets a paycheck for the next 2 years.

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 10, 2014 4:23 PM

    That was really nice of him to give them a discount. Now the team has the option to dump him as trade bait later on. Hey maybe the Bears will be interested!

  10. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: Mar 10, 2014 4:24 PM

    Seriously amazing contract made by Schneider. Loaded with bonuses from Papa Allen, #DYNASTY.

  11. suckleague says: Mar 10, 2014 4:25 PM

    I hear Tampa offered him 16 million a year. Oh wait, that’s Revis, they cut Bennett. Way to go guys, proud to be a fan.

  12. connertiland says: Mar 10, 2014 4:25 PM

    Front-heavy contract. Well done JS, very well done. The final couple years are worth less for when Wilson & Wagner’s rookie deals expire.

  13. palatypus says: Mar 10, 2014 4:25 PM

    He must have seen those Michael Jordan cards framed on his Brother’s wall that the cat supposedly ate.

  14. shaggytoodle says: Mar 10, 2014 4:27 PM

    The Vikings drew up a contract and said hey lets see if Bennett will sign this contract, he told them, No Way.

    So the Vikings just handed that sheet to Griffen.

  15. gbmickey says: Mar 10, 2014 4:28 PM

    The Vikings have not a clue. First Cassel a journeyman backup fleece’s them for 2yr 10 mill. and Griffen just outright robs them.

    Let the dynasty of futility live on for another 53 yrs!

  16. mwsmith1547 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:28 PM

    Griffin? the started one game in 4 years for a crap team Griffin? LOL U R an idiot

  17. thevikesarebest says: Mar 10, 2014 4:28 PM

    He couldn’t shine Everson Griffen’s cleets.#overrated

  18. swaggyy says: Mar 10, 2014 4:31 PM

    Just like I said, he’s a 7-9M a year guy and that’s what he will get. Glad to have you back, Michael. Go Hawks

  19. higheriqthanyou says: Mar 10, 2014 4:32 PM

    If these numbers are true, Mr. Bennett did give a discount and all you doubters have to face the fact that it’s good to be a Seahawk.

  20. meatcarroll says: Mar 10, 2014 4:33 PM

    This is an awesome deal for both sides.

  21. thevza says: Mar 10, 2014 4:33 PM

    I’m just happy Chicago didn’t end up having to overpay for Bennett’s services. With all of the attention he’s been receiving, you’d think he was Lawrence Taylor or something.

  22. seahawks80 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:34 PM

    Good deal for Seattle, now please please please SF give Squidward, I mean Kaepernick, a huge long term deal!

  23. andreboy1 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:39 PM

    This guy has NEVER posted a double-digit sack ONCE in his entire career.

    And Hawks fans keep pointing out the fact that he only played 60% of the snaps. Wasn’t that the whole point? Sign all these ends to keep them fresh for maximum performance?

  24. denver1983 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:42 PM

    One hit wonder LOL

  25. seahawksteven777 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:43 PM

    For those that say he only had 8.5 sacks, disruption IS production!

  26. uschawk says: Mar 10, 2014 4:49 PM

    Another job well done by Schneider and Carroll.

    Now bring back Tate, Hauschka and McDonald and lets make a run at a repeat.

    Good day to be a Seahawks fan.

  27. anonymous135 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:50 PM

    Nice one Seahawks!!

    Everson must have gotten paid for his 5* #1 HS player in the country potential

  28. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 10, 2014 4:52 PM

    Using a bad contract by the vkings is hardly a benchmark. Not only do bad teams have to pay more in free agency, but the vikings have a reputation for missing the mark.

    A good team like Seattle, fresh off a Super Bowl win doesn’t have to pay as much because good character players want to play for a winner.

    The is also the home town discount.

    Low character players sell themselves to the highest or perhaps the only bidder.

    The contract the vikings would give an Everson Griffen is the opposite end of the spectrum to the contract Seattle negotiated with Bennett.

    It is no surprise if some viking person foolishly claimed Griffen and his one start is worth more than Bennett because he is paid more.

    Knowledgeable people know the difference.

  29. 1rockyracoon says: Mar 10, 2014 4:55 PM

    He’ll be making a little bit less, but he’ll be competing for another championship. Can you imagine how depressing it must be knowing you have to play for the Vikings over the next 5 years.

  30. patriottony says: Mar 10, 2014 5:03 PM

    And he will go down with a torn ACL or MCL in preseason….TA-Daaaa. You heard it here first

  31. Norseman says: Mar 10, 2014 5:10 PM

    Everson Griffen: 17.5 sacks and 1673 snaps the last 3 years.

    Michael Bennett had 23.5 sacks and 2376 snaps the last 3 years.

    Griffen is 2 years younger than Bennett.

    Griffen will likely start and play most of the snaps at DE next year. Bennett will play about 50% of the time, as he did last year.

    I like the Griffen signing. Vikings will get a lot more bang for the buck with Griffen than the Hawks will with Bennett.

  32. thebirdofprey2 says: Mar 10, 2014 5:12 PM

    Wow, I can’t believe how good that deal is for Seattle. Michael Bennett is worth every penny and judging all the news of him this off season I think he is already a household name.

    That’s a big step up considering he had to pretend to be Wilson to get his family to a restaurant last year. The guy turned himself into a fan favorite with his play and personality. 4 more years watching this guy destroy offensive lineman inside and out. Schneider is the best in the business.

  33. axespray says: Mar 10, 2014 5:26 PM

    “ugh… how long til Wilson’s rookie contract is up?” – rest of the league.

  34. believeland2014 says: Mar 10, 2014 5:45 PM

    Its going to be funny when they have to cut bennett to pay for guys like wilson, sherman and thomas. lol

  35. coolzog says: Mar 10, 2014 5:48 PM

    Why does everyone say this deal is so much better than Griffen’s? Griffen gets more sacks for the amount of snaps he plays than Bennett does, and is younger.

  36. zenrooster says: Mar 10, 2014 5:49 PM

    This is beautifully done. Typically DEs will either fizzle out or re-up after 3 yrs. In this case, if he lasts 3 years, we will pay him 20 mil, which is right near that 7.5 avg. That is just perfect. Well done JS – take a bow.

  37. ravenswhat says: Mar 10, 2014 5:50 PM

    Yeah that’s scary. That team is going to win a lot of SBs.

  38. purpleguy says: Mar 10, 2014 6:07 PM

    If teams and players weren’t supposed to talk contract specifics during the last 3-day pre-FA window, how does anyone know Bennett was offered more money? It looks like this pre-look period is working really well . . . . .

  39. chawkup says: Mar 10, 2014 6:18 PM

    Seahawks are better at life (and football) than the Bears.

    Don’t get too upset, though, Bears fans. You still get to play Minnesota and Detroit twice per year.

  40. trollhammer20 says: Mar 10, 2014 6:25 PM

    One thing you don’t see is how state taxes may have affected the eventual bottom line. The larger offers may not have been all that much larger after you factor in whatever percentage Illinois and California (assuming the other team was the Raiders, as suspected) are taking out.

    Plus, we don’t know specifics about how much of the money was up-front, or how the contracts were otherwise arranged. $16 million in-pocket can be worth a lot more than a larger on-paper contract, once you read between the lines of the roster bonuses and inflated later-year salary figures.

  41. northbynw27 says: Mar 10, 2014 6:56 PM

    Winning and passionate fans DO matter..ask #72.

  42. footballnowplease says: Mar 10, 2014 7:08 PM

    He will be far more useful to the Seahawks than the Bears great signing for the Hawks. Maybe the Bears now get Michael Johnson

  43. vikingdomination says: Mar 10, 2014 7:55 PM

    Bennett is washed up and his contract shows it. Griffen is young and 100% Real. He got the contract he deserved. Vikings shall prevail over all.

  44. palatypus says: Mar 10, 2014 8:31 PM

    I remember the days when Drew Rosenhaus used to always claim he had a deal ready with Seattle just to drive the price of his client up. Those players never signed with Seattle.

    I remember when the Seahawks were ready to come out guns blazing to sign Jevon Kearse away from Tennessee, only to find out that weasel had illegally tampered with the process. Kearse was signed, sealed, and delivered to the Philadelphia Eagles about 30 seconds after the midnight opening of free agency. If the Denver Broncos had Fax Machines that fast, Elvis Dumervil would have played in the Super Bowl.

    It didn’t turn out that badly, for the Seahawks, however. Their consolation prize was Grant Wistrom, who lead that defense to Super Bowl XL. Not bad for second class.

  45. wizbanginhumdinger says: Mar 11, 2014 10:16 AM

    I’m grateful for two things this morning,..One is that Bennett will be back with the ‘Hawks and two,…I’m not a Vikings fan.

  46. dvdheg says: Mar 12, 2014 2:52 PM

    after 30 years of watching my hawks overpay a couple of guys and have most free agents say “no thanks I’d rather play for a team that I think will win a superbowl” it’s the greatest feeling in the world to be on the other side now.thank you paul allen, john schneider, and pete carroll! and thankyou to all the hawks past present and future for always making this team special, WIN OR LOSE. GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!

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