Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett denied Thursday that he is unhappy with his contract and wants to be traded to the Atlanta Falcons. Asked during an interview on KING 5′s New Day Northwest if he is seeking to leave the Seahawks, Bennett said no, but conceded he wouldn’t mind making more money.
“I think everyone who has a job, they want a raise for whatever they’re doing,” said Bennett, who is entering the second year of a four-year, $28.5 million deal. “I’m just like any other American. I think everybody wants to be paid a little bit more so I don’t think I fall short of that.”
Reports of Bennett’s unhappiness stem from a March report out of Dallas saying Bennett desired to play for Dan Quinn, his defensive coordinator in Seattle, who had been hired by the Falcons as their head coach. Last Wednesday, CBSSports.com columnist Jason LaCanfora wrote that Bennett and his agent “have made it clear he’d rather not be back in Seattle.”
The Seahawks have consistently claimed to have no knowledge of Bennett’s “trade demands.”
“People assume when you ask for a little more money, they assume that you want to be traded or something like that. But that’s not what I’m trying to go for,” said Bennett.
“So you don’t want to be traded?” asked New Day host Margaret Larson.
“No,” said Bennett.
Bennett also weighed in on Seattle’s last play in the Super Bowl, a Russell Wilson interception that kept the Seahawks from repeating as champions, comparing it to (of all things) a lost relationship.
“It’s like falling in love with somebody and seeing them marry somebody else and have a good life and you don’t have a good life. That’s how it feels,” said Bennett.