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Carroll on Michael Bennett: We’d like to reward everybody, but can’t always do that

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Running back David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the football in front of defensive end Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 36-6. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Getty Images

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett didn’t make a big secret about his dissatisfaction with his contract last offseason.

Bennett didn’t go to voluntary workouts in the offseason and talked about holding out from training camp, although he reported while safety Kam Chancellor took the holdout route before reporting to work a couple of weeks into the regular season. Bennett went on to play the most snaps of any defensive lineman in Seattle and was selected for the Pro Bowl, adding some ammunition to his case.

Bennett recently changed agents and hired Doug Hendrickson, who represented running back Marshawn Lynch during Lynch’s dealings with the Seahawks in recent years. On Thursday, coach Pete Carroll said he’s spoken to Bennett since the season and knows Bennett has his eye on reopening contract talks. He didn’t say whether it would happen, but said Bennett went about things the right way last season.

“Well, Mike did all the things he’s supposed to do, you know,” Carroll said, via Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune. “And he did it with a flair. I love that he brought leadership. He brought great energy — and really terrific consistency, too — to our season. We’d like to reward everybody. Can’t always do that.”

Bennett has two years left on his deal, which may be a sticking point for the Seahawks although Bennett’s case may be helped by the fact that he’s playing a much bigger role on defense now than he was when he signed his deal following the 2013 season.

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38 Responses to “Carroll on Michael Bennett: We’d like to reward everybody, but can’t always do that”
  1. niners816 says: Feb 25, 2016 4:43 PM

    For all the new Seahawk “fans” or the cute little “12’s”, Michael Bennett is the defensive end on the Seahawks…#72.

  2. seabrawk12 says: Feb 25, 2016 5:03 PM

    Bennett witnessed the negative criticism that Kam received while holding out. I do agree that Bennett deserves more, but I don’t think a holdout would result if not. With Lynch gone there’s a little wriggle room but they will figure it out. Go HAWKS

  3. vikings1234 says: Feb 25, 2016 5:07 PM

    Kam Chancellor = dumbest holdout ever.

  4. moochach says: Feb 25, 2016 5:26 PM

    Pete Carroll is great coach but he shares Rex Ryan’s style of over inflating every players sense of self worth, which is why there are Seahawks threatening holdouts every summer.

  5. nhpats says: Feb 25, 2016 5:41 PM

    Nice little 1-year dynasty they had going up in Seattle…..

  6. barry0181 says: Feb 25, 2016 5:43 PM

    Come back to Tampa

  7. chawk12thman says: Feb 25, 2016 5:55 PM

    Look how fast a player gets dropped or forced to restructure when they haven’t performed at an elite level the previous season. This is just the reverse, so I hope they re-evaluate their stance with both Kam and Michael. I would love it if they could find a way to extend them and give more signing bonus conversion money to keep them Happy, but help with the current cap issues.

  8. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Feb 25, 2016 5:59 PM

    “Go Hawks” automatically gets you thumbs down… it also let’s us know a bit more about your IQ.

  9. hillbillyjim says: Feb 25, 2016 6:09 PM

    If the player want’s to renegotiate his deal every year he should just sign one year deals. Players say they want the security of signing a big deal with guarantees, they do that and when they play good enough that the guarantee isn’t necessary they bitch about how much money they make.

  10. ben444 says: Feb 25, 2016 6:10 PM

    Bennett is a beast and should/could get an extension but won’t.

    Now Kam on the other hand was the 4 worst safety against the pass last year and teams figured that out.

    Give him some of Kam’s money and trade Kam away.

    Go Pack GO

  11. theashleyguy says: Feb 25, 2016 6:15 PM

    Bennett had a great season last year. But he has only completed 2 years of his 4 year deal. And he certainly has had no problem spending half of his $8 million dollar signing bonus over those first 2 years.

    His salary does take a dip this year, but that is the way he negotiated the contract–and to make up for it, a brand new $1 million dollar roster bonus kicks in for the first time. The guy really does not have a legitimate complaint.

  12. 46namredyps11 says: Feb 25, 2016 6:18 PM

    That pesky salary cap.

  13. doall24 says: Feb 25, 2016 6:55 PM

    the seahawks would be dumb to make this guy unhappy. they still have a great defense, but if you take bennett out with say a holdout, now your defense is not the best in football. PAY THE MAN and keep him happy!

  14. Bill says: Feb 25, 2016 7:03 PM

    Pay that man his money.

  15. pdway says: Feb 25, 2016 7:17 PM

    key player on the team. they’ll figure something out.

  16. bamboozle99 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:31 PM

    Pay increase for jumping offsides all the time?

  17. dwhcic says: Feb 25, 2016 8:00 PM

    He or Wagner are the best players on that team. Pay the man.

  18. vikingf0rlife says: Feb 25, 2016 8:04 PM

    He’s overrated and overpaid, who cares! The only reason the Seahawks had a good defense was cuz of Thomas, Sherman and Kam. The whole front 7 is all above average players, but there are ZERO stand out studs that will be remembered from that defense.

  19. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Feb 25, 2016 8:08 PM

    For the cute little niners fan talking down to others… Take a look at your team buddy.

  20. suncawy says: Feb 25, 2016 8:17 PM

    He wants to be paid like Suh and Houston, but the Seahawks won’t fall for that, so he’ll probably holdout this year.

  21. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Feb 25, 2016 8:45 PM

    nhpats says:
    Feb 25, 2016 5:41 PM
    Nice little 1-year dynasty they had going up in Seattle…..
    **************************

    Denver utterly humiliates them on national television, and the Pats trolls STILL won’t shut up!

  22. jerry944 says: Feb 25, 2016 9:04 PM

    Im no 49ers fan..but atleast their fans have been fans thru the years..not since 2012 like the seahawks bandwagon..so many bandwagon fans jumped on in 2012 that they even call themselves the 12s

  23. mrwalterisgod says: Feb 25, 2016 9:42 PM

    The Seahawks aren’t the Broncos. They didn’t win a checkbook championship. They are committed to homegrown talent and sustainability. Bennett will get his pay raise because his play has been more than worth it, and Seattle will let go of the underperfomers/guys who aren’t worth a big contract (Byron Maxwell anyone?)

    Kam Chancellor might be trade bait soon.

  24. pftpoetsboyfriend says: Feb 25, 2016 11:51 PM

    No renegotiation. period.

  25. tap79 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:04 AM

    Jerry944…..

    Have you seen Levi stadium lately? All last season the place was empty… Jed dork had problems giving tickets away… here in Seattle the clink sells out everytime… you want to talk about bandwagon you better look in the mirror.

  26. wyrdawg says: Feb 26, 2016 12:07 AM

    I’m pretty sure he and his brother will be commentating somewhere on TV very soon. Not necessarily with anyone big (the only real “me” guy is Brandon Marshall…. so far in the legit TV lineup next year).

    I’m not too sure that whomever is giving these two brothers the same advice (“bitch about our contract every off-season, even though you’re under contract… don’t show up to OTAs. THEY don’t deserve YOU!”) needs to take a look around…

    .. those days are over and not really tolerated.

  27. MurdochMysteries says: Feb 26, 2016 12:13 AM

    So . . . . . . you pay Marshawn $12 mil to play this year . . . . he barely plays, including voluntarily taking himself out of a playoff game after getting 1st team reps all week . . . . retires . . . gets to keep his $5mil in leftover signing bonus . . . . and you’re going to tell other players who played for less all year that “they just can’t reward everybody?”

    Ohhhhhhh boy. It’s going to get fun in Seattle locker-room this year.

  28. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Feb 26, 2016 12:33 AM

    I would let him hit the open market. I doubt most teams would put up with his stupid, asinine comments for an above average pass rusher. Chances are he would come back for less after the humbling free agent experience. This guy and Hardy are toxic.

  29. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Feb 26, 2016 12:36 AM

    mrwalterisgod says:
    Feb 25, 2016 9:42 PM
    The Seahawks aren’t the Broncos. They didn’t win a checkbook championship. They are committed to homegrown talent and sustainability. Bennett will get his pay raise because his play has been more than worth it, and Seattle will let go of the underperfomers/guys who aren’t worth a big contract (Byron Maxwell anyone?)

    Kam Chancellor might be trade bait soon.
    _________________________
    The hilarious part is you think someone would want Kam. After last year’s off season and this season’s performance (PFF rates him as the 4th worst Safety this past season). No one wants this guy.

  30. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 26, 2016 12:49 AM

    nhpats says:

    Nice little 1-year dynasty they had going up in Seattle…..
    ———————————————————-
    At least we didn’t lose our 1st round pick because we cheated.

  31. William Schenken says: Feb 26, 2016 12:55 AM

    Cut Chancellor.
    Pay Bennet.

    Chancellor is one of my favorite players. He hurt the team last year. He is overpaid for his health and think he is underpaid.

    I guess he could fetch a late round pick.

  32. footballboozer says: Feb 26, 2016 9:00 AM

    Just do what the Bronco’s do, cheat and pay him under the table.

  33. RegisHawk says: Feb 26, 2016 10:13 AM

    For all the Clara-fans…who am I kidding…they had to move to get any fans at all…

  34. packeroriginalgangsta says: Feb 26, 2016 10:30 AM

    come to the Packers Mr. Bennett, u will be truly appreciated

  35. squawktalkseahawk says: Feb 26, 2016 11:23 AM

    Love the Santa Clara trolling…I get that it’s gotta be depressing to read the articles tagged to your own site as the Comedy of Errors continues on a daily basis.
    The Kaepernick meme alone is worth the price of admission.
    Oh, sorry…
    For all of you 49er “fans”, Colin Kaepernick is an NFL player on your team who’s currently not happy with the direction of the franchise.
    Which, in a perfect definition of irony, is 30 miles south and even many more miles away from relevancy.

  36. jerry944 says: Feb 26, 2016 7:06 PM

    The 2012s..

  37. jhtobias says: Feb 27, 2016 2:14 PM

    stop it packers fans ted t wont trade for a player if it costs him more than a 6th round pick that he will use to develop their next inside lb from division 3 popcorn state

  38. RegisHawk says: Feb 29, 2016 9:13 AM

    The Claranettes.

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