Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett joined the Brock and Salk Show in Seattle Tuesday — “Brock” is former NFL quarterback Brock Huard — and shared a few opinions.
Bennett brought energy and comedy, too, in an interview that covered everything from his unhappiness to with his contract situation to what he thinks about various quarterbacks around the league.
“I’m like a wife that’s married to a guy [and] they have kids, and she can’t really, you know, she can’t leave because she loves the kids. I love the kids, those are my teammates,” Bennett said of his current contract.
Bennett said teammate Kam Chancellor, who hasn’t reported to training camp because he also wants a new contract, “deserves a raise…he’s one of the best players. I think the organization should reward him in some type of way.”
Bennett had considered holding out of training camp in his own quest for more money, but decided against it at the last minute.
You can listen to the entire interview on the Brock and Salk website.
Later Bennett got into talking quarterbacks, picking out two he respects and calling out two individually for separate reasons.
“Aaron Rodgers is probably the best quarterback in the NFL,” Bennett said. “But quarterback is the only position in the NFL where you can be mediocre and get paid. At every other position you can’t be mediocre. If I was like Ryan Tannehill, and say the most games I ever won was seven, how could you get $100 million for that?”
Bennett also scoffed at the fallout from Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs hitting Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford in a preseason game last weekend, saying Bradford “was about to cry” and wondering why quarterbacks are treated differently.
“Someone tries to hit me in the legs every play,” Bennett said. “So what makes his life better than mine?
“I respect Tom Brady because when Tom Brady gets hit, he gets up and says, ‘Good job, good hit. He gets back in the huddle and handles his own, like a man. You have guys crying when they get hit like, ‘Oh, Suggs, Suggs hit me.'”