In a radio interview Tuesday spanning multiple topics, the Seahawks' defensive end also reiterated he's still unhappy but said he plans to play hard for his teammates this season.
If you’re wondering how Michael Bennett is feeling about things as the season nears, then you got your wish as he was a guest for 20 minutes or so this morning on the team’s flagship station, 710 ESPN Seattle on the Brock and Salk show.
You can listen to it here.
Among the high points:
— Bennett admitted being unhappy with his pay but said it won’t change his approach to the season. “I mean, I’m unhappy,” he said. “But the thing is, this is my job and I can’t let my unhappiness trump my professionalism … I still have to be a professional and keep trying but go out there and make sure that I’m proving why I think I’m one of the best defensive players in the league. … I’m like a wife that’s married to a guy, they have kids, and she can’t leave because she loves the kid. I love the kids. Those are my teammates.”
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— Bennett also said he supports the holdout of Kam Chancellor and said “I think he deserves a raise” adding that “hopefully he is back soon.I think the organization should reward him in some type of way. They just have to figure out how to do it.”
Bennett also went on a few rants about one of his favorite topics — quarterbacks, specifically overpaid ones. Bennett noted that quarterbacks, no matter how good, tend to make more than any other player. “There’s some mediocre quarterbacks in the NFL that make a lot of money,” Bennett said. “You take a guy like Sam Bradford — he’s never played really in the last three years, but he’s made more money than most guys in the NFL.”
Bennett also protested the manner in which quarterbacks get protected by NFL rules. “Then quarterbacks get protected more than any other player,” he said. “I mean, he gets hit in his knees and he’s about to cry, making a whimpering sound: ‘They hit me in my legs.’ Everybody gets hit in their legs. Every play somebody tries to hit me in my legs. So what makes him different? What makes his life better than mine? I’ve got kids. I’ve got stuff I like to do on the weekend. But because he gets hit in his legs, he gets a flag. He gets up with a sad face like the world just ended because he got hit. I mean, you got hit in an NFL game. Who cares? Get back up and be like, ‘Good job.'”