The Seattle Seahawks have some hard decisions to make this offseason. In an ideal world they would keep the entire Super bowl roster as is, but the NFL is a business and as much as we might want it, that’s not going to happen.
Re-signing defensive end Michael Bennett should be the club’s number one and two priorities. On Super bowl Sunday, it was reported that the team was planning on re-signing him, but nothing official has come through yet, so speculation is abounding.
Bennett caused a stir last week when he announced he would not give the Seahawks a discount to come back, saying “this is not Costco.”
A lot of Seahawks fans took issue with the statement, and many of them went so far as to say they don’t want him back and good riddance. I’m here to tell you that those people are 1000 percent wrong.
The argument seems to go that Bennett should feel lucky to be playing for a championship contender and that if he goes somewhere else he’s deciding to chase money rather than on-field success. That’s bogus. Bennett has stated many times he wants to play in Seattle for life. He can also contend with another team if he leaves, but I sincerely hope that won’t happen.
There’s a reason why Seattle went out and brought Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett on in the first place. In a quarterback driven league, getting pressure on the passer has become a supremely important element for any successful defense.
Peyton Manning’s offensive line was the top rated in pass protection in the entire NFL in 2013. This is why Skip Bayless and an army of other pundits claimed that the Seahawks wouldn’t be able to get to him, and therefore would get shredded at the Super bowl.
How did that work out?
Look people, you get what you pay for. In every business, in every industry. Being cheap with your people means an inferior product gets made. If you like winning Super bowls, you need to pay the guys properly who made it happen.
This stems from socioeconomic jealousy. Why do so many people claim that college basketball players work so much harder than those in the NBA? It has nothing to do with their effort, it’s because they aren’t paid a single dime. That’s why quasi-racist idiots all over the country love to say that college players are better and hustle more. That’s why they expect talented players to stay with their team even though they can make more elsewhere.
If you think Michael Bennett is selfish for not wanting to give the Seahawks a discount then you need to look in the mirror. If you don’t like seeing athletes get paid more than you do, nobody says that you have to watch.
Think it’s unfair that athletes get paid so much? Stop buying tickets.
Michael Bennett has earned his pay day. If the Seahawks don’t give it to him, someone else will. Personally I hope that we sign him to a long-term, ludicrously expensive deal, because that’s exactly what he’s earned.
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