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February 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Michael Bennett doesn’t want to take a pay cut

Defensive lineman Michael Bennett said in the aftermath of Wednesday’s Super Bowl parade that he wanted to stay in Seattle but that he also wanted to get a multiyear contract. He was a little more direct about his contract situation with SiriusXM NFL Radio with Keith Bulluck and Bruce Murray. Bennett said he wants to be “compensated with the top guys.”

Here’s what else Bennett, an unrestricted free agent, had to say:

Bulluck:  “If someone came at you with $5 mil for the next three, is that a pay raise or is that taking a cut to you, in your eyes?”

Bennett:  “That would be taking a pay cut, to me.  I had to prove myself as a player back to back years.  Basically I took a one year deal the year before, did a first round tender in Tampa, so I definitely just want to be paid, you know, I’m not trying to be the highest paid guy but I want to be compensated with the top guys.”

Murray:  “Has John Schneider had any kind of conversation with you?  I know that you won’t be a free agent until March but has there been any kind of conversation at all indicating their desire to keep you?”

Bennett:  “Yeah, yeah.  John, Pete [Carroll], all those guys.  Everybody in the organization, they told me that they want me to stay here, I was exactly what they were looking for, a guy that can play in and out and play multiple positions.  This defense, you’re going to have guys that play multiple positions because it is so interchanging where everybody has to be able to play different spots at different times in different situations.  And that’s what they are looking for and they said that they wanted to keep me.  So, definitely, if the offer is there I definitely want to stay around.  And this is a great organization.”

Here’s the link for the full interview: https://soundcloud.com/siriusxmsports/michael-bennett-seahawks-de

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