When Michael Bennett was asked recently whether in his free agency he would give the Seahawks a hometown discount to re-sign with the Super Bowl champions, he responded rather defiantly in the negative, saying no, "This isn't Costco."
I thought at the time, "Well, actually, it is like Costco. The Seahawks buy their defensive linemen in bulk. They use a lot of them, so the cost per unit purchased is less expensive. If a manufacturer thinks he has a high-end appliance worth more per unit than Costco would pay, he can sell it to Albert Lee. But if he wants to move product . . . "