As noted here earlier, Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett and fullback Michael Robinson were guests today on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access.
Once again, Bennett’s pending free agency was a topic, and he gave a particularly interesting answer when asked if he would consider a “hometown discount” to stay with the Seahawks.
Said Bennett: “There is no such thing as discount. This is not Costco, this is not Walmart – this is real life…There is no discount really because you go out there and you don’t give a discount on effort; 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.”
In a clip and link provided by the NFL Network, you can watch Bennett talk about his future here.
The NFL Network also provided these quotes from the players:
On how you balance wanting to return to a team and the business side of football as a free agent: Michael Bennett: “You have to have a great balance because obviously you want to be loyal to your teammates that you played with and you got to a good situation with, and you won a Super Bowl with. But also you have a family so you want to be in the best situation for them. It’s all about which team wants you; every team says they want you but somebody has to open up the wallet and actually sign that check and it has to clear at Wells Fargo. It’s definitely a business and people hate to say that it’s that, but it is what it is. I would love to play for the Seahawks but they would have to want me back and the numbers have to be right.”
On the unusual halftime at the Super Bowl: Michael Robinson: “We practiced it. A couple days before the game, we actually practiced halftime. We had a horn go off and Pete [Carroll] said, ‘OK, now it’s halftime.’ He gave us 10 minutes to ourselves, we got 10 minutes with our coaches and then we had 10 minutes to stretch out. Music was cranked up – we competed during halftime and I feel like we won halftime.”
(You can watch a clip of Bennett and Robinson talking about that here).
On taking a shower at halftime at Super Bowl XLVIII: Robinson: “Yeah, I took shower. It was like a whole other game, you almost had to do it that way.”
On speaking with Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to the media: Michael Robinson: “Marshawn [Lynch] had this idea actually before last season. He said, ‘Man, I really don’t like talking to the media but can you be my spokesperson? Can you just stand up there with me? I’ll say it in your ear and you just relay it the way you know how to do it?’ I’m like whatever you need me to do, I’ll be glad to do it. But Beast Mode, he just doesn’t talk to the media. He’s really, really about that action, boss.”
On if Marshawn Lynch is shy: Robinson: “He’s not shy. I just think that we’re paid to play football and he does his speaking with his pads…He couldn’t have said it better when he said that to [Deion Sanders], ‘I’m really about that action.’ Watch me on game day and then I’ll let you guys talk about it, but I do my talking on the field.”
On how it would play out if they play on the same team as Michael Sam: Michael Robinson: “Honestly for me, it’s really about what the guy does on the field. If he can help this football team win and he can be a force, that’s my teammate. I’m really not concerned with what he does off the field or what he does in his personal life. Now, we may not be at the same bars together, but at the same time if he’s a baller, he’s my teammate. I’m with him.”
Michael Bennett: “I agree. The guy is an explosive player…If anything, it has to be about his skill level and not about his sexual preference. The guy is a good player and he should get his shot.”
(You can watch a clip of that here).
On how Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman being deaf played out in the locker room: Robinson: “I have so much respect for DC and how he goes about his business. But DC, he’s deaf a little bit and he makes light of it; we crack jokes, we go back and forth, and I think it got to the point where it’s not even an issue anymore. It’s going to depend on how [Michael Sam] comes into the locker room and how he sees himself. If he comes in confident and it’s light-hearted, he’ll be fine.”
On Michael Sam: Bennett: “The team that he has to go to has to be built with strong leaders. If it doesn’t have strong leaders, this kind of stuff can tear a team apart. But I believe there are a lot of good people in the NFL that understand that times are changing and people are different. I hope that everybody accepts him.”