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Seahawks won’t lose Michael Bennett without a fight

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The Bears may expect to sign free agent defensive end Michael Bennett, but the Seahawks are still fighting to keep him.

Seattle General Manager John Schneider has identified keeping Bennett as a “top priority,” and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Seahawks are now the favorites to sign Bennett. Bennett led Seattle with 8.5 sacks last season, and after Red Bryant’s departure, the Seahawks would hate to lose another key player on the defensive line.

The fact that both the Bears and Seahawks are eager to sign Bennett will be good news for his bottom line. Whether it’s in Seattle or Chicago, Bennett is going to get paid somewhere.

Bennett is the No. 2 player in our Free Agent Hot 100.

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38 Responses to “Seahawks won’t lose Michael Bennett without a fight”
  1. lalder95 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:06 PM

    C’mon Emery! Get er done!

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 10, 2014 1:06 PM

    Can’t lose both the Aggies… I bet Bennett would love to go to Chi-town though and play with his brother…

  3. andreboy1 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:07 PM

    Good.

    Overpay for a B level talent that is somehow being talked about like he’s Bruce Smith.

    Great news for the rest of the NFC.

  4. trollhammer20 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:08 PM

    OK, this is getting ridiculous. He’s leaving, he’s staying….in an hour he’ll be leaving again.

    I’ll check in tomorrow when a firm announcement is finally made.

    Until then: Stand by for Titanfall!

  5. ziggystheansah says: Mar 10, 2014 1:09 PM

    I was really looking forward to Chicago overpaying for a situational DE. Guess with the loss of Red and Clemons not doing so well it does make sense. Now the only question is SHOULD seattle pay him this much in a depth riddled draft?

  6. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: Mar 10, 2014 1:09 PM

    Take him or leave him, there’s nobody better than US. With me as our leader, how could we do wrong? Your girlfriends and wives love me… In all likelihood, you do too.

  7. thevikesarebest says: Mar 10, 2014 1:09 PM

    He wants out of that laughable classless franchise.2chainz is a better rapper than the shehawks are a franchise.it must be a relaxing exciting moment to leave the joke that is the shehawks franchise.

  8. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 10, 2014 1:10 PM

    The choice boils down to one thing, which is not money, since obviously both teams are willing to break the bank:

    Does the chance to stay on a SB favored team outweigh playing on the same team with your brother?

  9. theclink12 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:11 PM

    In Schneider We Trust

  10. coltzfan166 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:11 PM

    Just let him go and sign Jared Allen

  11. number1hawkfan says: Mar 10, 2014 1:11 PM

    I hope we don’t over pay him. In pete and john we trust. Thank goodness we don’t have the Vikings management.

  12. joe2jerry says: Mar 10, 2014 1:11 PM

    Why even have a pass rush when you can physically ride a receiver down the field like a pony??

  13. bucrightoff says: Mar 10, 2014 1:12 PM

    To summarize why he’ll stay in Seattle

    1. No state income tax in Washington
    2. Legal weed

    Sorry Illinois. It happens.

  14. thepftpoet says: Mar 10, 2014 1:14 PM

    The Seahawks motto:

    In PEDs we trust

    #TheSeahawksStillHave0Superbowls

  15. seatownballers says: Mar 10, 2014 1:14 PM

    Smokescreen. Driving his price up

  16. osiris33 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:14 PM

    What you rubes don’t understand is that it’s impossible for the Seahawks to overpay. We have the richest owner in the NFL and can pay bigger bonuses than anyone else.

    I’d still rather have Jared Allen.

  17. seatownballers says: Mar 10, 2014 1:19 PM

    Did some Vikings fan just compare the Seahawks franchise to a rapper? A franchise worth 1.1 billion being compared to the hottest rapper. Great logic man.

    Ok, to be fair…..

    The Vikings are the justin beiber of the nfl. A laughable figure known for his bad decisions. With foolish followers

  18. theclink12 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:21 PM

    Here is what he comes down to between the 2 teams:

    Chicago:
    1. Get paid
    2. Play on the same team with your brother and make goofy Doublemint commercials with him.
    3. Go 8-8 and miss the playoffs the next 3 years

    Seattle:
    1. Get paid
    2. Win more Super Bowls
    3. Show your brother your Super Bowl rings on the off season.

    Easy choice. Welcome back to Seattle, Michael.

  19. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 10, 2014 1:26 PM

    The best move he ever made was getting out of Tampa Bay.

  20. hopper15 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:30 PM

    You have Sherman, Okung and Thomas entering the final years of their rookie deals and you’re about to hand out 8 mil a year to Bennett. You can’t keep everyone.

  21. realdealsteel says: Mar 10, 2014 1:35 PM

    Seahawks should try to keep the core together for a chance at going back to back.

    The 49ers have imploded so the division is theirs. If they keep the nucleus together another year, they’ll be a better team just on the fact that Wilson will be better. When you have the chance, you must get as many Super Bowls as you can.

  22. theclink12 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:36 PM

    It is a good thing he got out of Tampa when he did. Lovie Smith probably wouldn’t think he would fit into his “system”

  23. Go-Hawks! says: Mar 10, 2014 1:43 PM

    Why on earth do these vikings fans hate the Seahawks so much?

    What has your team done lately?

  24. bradleymorgan35 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:44 PM

    Bears will boost that money up to 9 mil per year. Seattle has Clemons, avril. You’re fine. Bears need him, Martellus will continue to push and Emery will get it done!

  25. beastmode5150 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:44 PM

    I can’t believe little ole Santa Clara has an NFL team. Good for them.

  26. donnymacjack says: Mar 10, 2014 1:49 PM

    Let’s see…. Play for a team that is aging and has an inconsistent, grumpy QB. Or play for the 2nd youngest team in the NFL that just won the SB and is poised to contend for years to come…

    Oh and let’s not forget… No State Income Tax in Washington. Nice call by bucrightoff. That could make a big difference, especially if there are guaranteed dollars or a signing bonus in both offers. (I presume Illinois does have an income tax.)

  27. coolherc says: Mar 10, 2014 1:50 PM

    Seattle is simply not going to lose someone they genuinely want to keep. It’s just not happening, and it really is that simple.

  28. 4evrnyt says: Mar 10, 2014 1:50 PM

    Either way the 49ers win. Either Seattle loses him or over pays for him. Go Niners!!

  29. polo550 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:54 PM

    This is the kind of stuff that happens when you win the SuperBowl. Other teams want your players and your coaches. Your team gets raided. It’s the gift and the curse. The Ravens went through this to some extent last year. The Dolphins grossly overpaid for Dannell Ellerbe even though the guy could never play 2 games in a row. The Seahawks have to be smart. Don’t overpay.

  30. beastmode5150 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:58 PM

    Overpay? Ok, since you know more about cap and personnel than John Schneider, let us know what overpaying is please. Oh, and where are you the GM?

  31. thebirdofprey2 says: Mar 10, 2014 2:02 PM

    Okung is making 7 million a year. Earl Thomas 5 million this year. Their deals are much different than Richard Sherman/Russell Wilson deals which came in the rookie cap era plus are late round picks. Plus the salary cap is said to keep ballooning thanks to the CBA.

    Michael Bennett is said to be offered 8.5 a year by Chicago and 8 million by Seattle. Seattle wins on Bennett we will more than likely lose Chris Clemons. So many fans are hoping this FA makes or breaks Seattle’s defense or chances to repeat-Keep dreaming. This team is stacked and all of our fans trust John Schneider and the scout team to add more talent.

  32. rufusporter says: Mar 10, 2014 2:05 PM

    Viking fans are mostly cool but their are a few mad because the two teams have been signing each others players since the Hutch poison pill debacle and it has led to much success for the Seahawks while the Vikings future looks dim and sad.

  33. sbmcintosh36 says: Mar 10, 2014 2:08 PM

    Why do people continually bring up the “tax” implications,haven’t we gone thru it enough?
    They pay taxes where the game that week was played not where they signed their contract so the amounts could be “tax free” for 8 weeks,10,16 it depends where they play the game as for endorsements they pay tax where they keep a home which could be in the team city or a completely other state and furthermore federal @ 39.6% is what hurts at essentially state tax doesn’t come into play very often if ever.

  34. 5to46hawkfan says: Mar 10, 2014 2:22 PM

    Goodbye already Bennett!!!! Take your money driven life and go away – Seattle only wants players who want to win games not play rich and famous games – I say good riddance

  35. ceefu says: Mar 10, 2014 2:58 PM

    1. Let him go.
    2. Sign Jared Allen on 1yr deal, or 2 for the same cost as 1 for Bennett.
    3. Sign Justin Tuck on 1yr deal, or 2 for the same cost as 1 for Bennett.
    4. Extend Earl Thomas.
    5. Rematch with SF next year in the Playoffs.

  36. realitycheckbaby says: Mar 10, 2014 3:15 PM

    Some people don’t understand the tax impact.

    You pay taxes based on what state the game is so if your home state has no income tax at least 8 games will not have a state income tax.

    This is as opposed to going to a team in a state with an income tax assuring at least 8 games will have a state income tax.

    Big difference.

    The Federal Income tax is neither here nor there as it applies to everyone.

    But let’s look at Bennet. If he got $8M and played in a state with a 10% state income tax it will cost him about $400,000 that he wouldn’t have to pay if he played in a state with no state income tax.

    That alone is more the difference between $8M and $8.5M.

  37. dukeearl says: Mar 10, 2014 3:30 PM

    Yeah, Michael Jordan’s revenge…

  38. txnative65 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:12 AM

    The logic of the “Tax Experts” on this thread amaze me. Under your logic teams would have to withhold taxes for each away game played in an income tax state, which is ludicrous. The companies’ base from which the payroll is sent is where the money is earned and ALL taxes are paid based on salary paid regardless of temporary out of town work to earn it. For a $8-$10 million salary plus playoff and endorsement money the savings are significant, and a big advantage in staying under the cap when signing players.

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