Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says he won’t be giving the Seahawks the so-called “home team discount” to stay next season.
Bennett, who is an unrestricted free agent, was a key piece of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl championship after coming over from Tampa Bay.
"There is no such thing as discount," Bennett said in an interview with NFL Network. "This isn't Costco. This isn't Walmart. This is real life.
“You go out there and you give the best effort every day and you fight for your teammates, and you want to be compensated for the way that you perform and the kind of teammate you are,” Bennett added.
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Bennett led the Seahawks with 8.5 sacks in the regular season. He also scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the Monday night win over the New Orleans Saints and had a key fumble recovery in the NFC Championship Game.
Bennett said the decision is a business one.
"People hate to say it's that, but it is what it is,” said Bennett. “I would love to play for the Seahawks, but they're going to have to want me back and the numbers are going to have to be right."
It’s different approach than the one taken by Seahawks receiver Golden Tate, who said last week he’s willing to take less money to stay in Seattle.
ESPN reports if the Seahawks put the franchise tag on Bennett, it would increase his salary to $12.6 million in 2014. That’s nearly three times what he made this past season.