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.

46 responses to “Bennett turned down more money from two other teams

  1. $7.125 Avg per year? I can digg it. JS/PC getting things done, next up, my main man Golden. 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 . . . . .

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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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