It wasn’t too long ago Michael Bennett was explaining free agency doesn’t work like Costco. Monday, Bennett was explaining why he took less money to re-sign with the Seahawks.
Seattle locked up one of its most effective defensive lineman Monday before he could hit free agency. Bennett said he was offered more money elsewhere, but that the reported
four-year, $32-million deal a four-year $28.5 million deal with $16 million guaranteed was plenty for him to come back to the Seahawks. Bennett said the guaranteed money, as it always is in the NFL, was the most important.
“A lot of teams tried to get me to come there,” Bennett said. “Ultimately, I wanted to come back here and get a chance to play with these guys. Just win some more games.
“I wanted to be here. There’s a lot of young guys here and a lot of winning ways; I love the organization and the things that they are about.”
Nobody pushed Bennett harder to sign somewhere else than his brother, Martellus. Michael said Martellus understood why he chose to stay with Seattle and not go to the Chicago Bears.
“It’s all on me, not really him,” Bennett said.
After signing a one-year deal with the Seahawks last year, Bennett had said he was better prepared to deal with free agency this time. Though, that didn’t make it much easier.
“It was like stepping on nails,” Bennett said. “You have to sit there and plan your life in one day. That’s a big job when you have a lot of people depending on you; you have a lot of people checking on you that you’re friends with or your family to make a decision. It’s a big decision you have to make in 48 hours.”
Bennett said he’s not concerned if he has the same role next year, saying he just wants to win games.
“I came here at the beginning of my career,” Bennett said. “To come back here and win a Super Bowl, the fans still remember me from my first year; the fans are one of the biggest reasons I came back.
“At the end of the day, it was about being comfortable and being in a good situation. Sometimes going to a whole ‘nother organization doesn’t work out the way it worked for me coming here and being with these guys. Lot of times people take a lot of money and they go places and the place isn’t what (they thought). I know what this place is and I’m familiar with the staff and the players and it makes it a big deal to be here.”
UPDATE: Here’s Pete Carroll, who was not available to local reporters, on Sirius XM talking about signing Bennett.