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March 10, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Michael Bennett: “At the end of the day it was about being comfortable”

After signing his new four-year deal worth $28.5 million, with $16 million guaranteed, Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett met the media at the VMAC and said that while he may have had some better offers elsewhere, the total package of what he has in Seattle was too good to leave.

“At the end of the day it was about being comfortable and being in a good situation,” he said. “Sometimes going to a whole other organization doesn’t work out the way it worked out for me coming here and being with these guys. I saw people take a lot of money and they go to other places and that place isn’t what you thought it would be. 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.”

Here is more of what Bennett had to say:

(On if he is pretty excited about getting the detail done:) “It’s really exciting to be back and be on the Super Bowl winning team and just to play with these guys knowing that we have another chance to win another Super Bowl is a great feeling.”

(On if there was ever a moment of doubt that he wouldn’t be returning:) “I don’t know if there was any doubt, but there was a lot of speculation and a lot of the teams tried to get me to come there, but ultimately I wanted to come back and get a chance to play with these guys and just win some more games.”

(On if he has talked to his brother, Martellus, who plays for the Bears:) “Yeah I talk to my brother every day. He understands my decision. It’s all me and not really him so I felt like I made the right decision, and I’m just happy to be back.”

(On the reports that he had been offered more money than what the Seahawks offered:) “Yeah there was more, but I wanted to be here man. There are a lot of young guys here, and there are a lot of winning ways and I just love the organization and the things that they are about. I love the staff, from the equipment staff to the medical staff; it just goes on and on. Everybody here are just good people and I really enjoy that.”

(On what was most important to him when looking at this contract:} “Probably just the guaranteed part really, you just want to get a good guaranteed. You could have a five year 90 million dollar deal with only 2 million guaranteed so it doesn’t really matter at the end. You kind of want to worry about the guaranteed part. That was the most important part.”

(On was it a fun process or was it nerve racking:} “I can’t say it was fun, it’s kind of like stepping on nails. You have to sit there and kind of plan your life in one day, and it’s a big job when you have a lot of people depending on you. You have a lot of people tugging on you, you have a lot of people that you’re friends with or even your family, kind of want you to make a decision and it’s a big decision that you have to make in 48 hours.”

(On what does it mean to him after the year that he’s put in to get the long term contract that he wanted:) “I mean it feels good man to start the way I started, being undrafted coming into the Seahawks  and making the team, then going away and coming back, and winning a Super Bowl, then getting a chance to get another deal here. I love the fans here and that’s one of the main reasons why I came back, and just to get this deal here, it just means a lot to me.”

(On his teammates and how much does it mean to play with this group of guys:) “It means a lot. I lost Big Red Bryant who is one of my best friends, he’s like my brother. He left and I’m glad that he got a new deal, him and his family. That mean a lot to me seeing him leave, but a lot of guys are still here, it’s a great team with a lot of the same guys. Cliff Avril is still here, Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane, all of these guys. We still have a great defensive line and I think it’s only going to get better with all of the young guys. Especially with Greg Scruggs, Benson Mayowa, they’re just going to grow as players.”

(On if he expects to have the same role next year as he did this past year:) “It doesn’t matter really, I don’t know what I’m going to be doing, I know I’m going to win games and that’s the main thing that really matters.”

(On if he could put the last three months into perspective:) “It’s crazy man. Like I said I came here at the beginning of my career and to come back and win a Super Bowl, and the fans still remember me from my first years. Like in said, the fans are one of the biggest reasons I came back. These peoples love their Seahawks. The 12th Man is the biggest thing and they just love the players, and I really appreciate how much they put into being one of the biggest reasons why we win games.”

(On which teammates has he heard from so far:) “I mean which teammate haven’t I heard from should be the question. It’s been good man. Richard Sherman is one of the main reasons why I came back too. He was on me the whole time and just told me he really wanted me to come back and how much I meant to the defense so that’s one of the reasons I came back too.”

(On the TV thing he’s doing with his brother:) “We have our own TV show on NFL Network. It’s kind of funny, the little thing that we have going.”

(On if he has to go to New York to do the show:) “No I’m going to do it in Seattle. Do it via satellite.”


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