Bennett says though he loves ‘Hawks, ‘this isn't Costco, this is real life'


Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett smiles as he listens to a question during a news conference Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. The Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are scheduled to play in the Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

When Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was asked if his current team would get a discount to keep him in Seattle, he made it clear that there was no home advantage.

Last week, Bennett was open about loving his team, his teammates and his coach, but during an interview with the NFL Network on Tuesday he said there was no coupon for the free agent’s services.

"There is no such thing as discount," Bennett said. "This isn't Costco, this isn't Walmart. This is real life."

Bennett signed a one-year $5 million deal last March.  Now, with a Super Bowl win under his belt, he is likely expecting a big raise.

"There is no discount really because you go out there and you don't give a discount on effort," Bennett said. "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."

Bennett pointed out during the interview that though people hate to admit it, the sport is a business.

"It's definitely a business. People hate to say it's that, but it is what it is," Bennett said. "I would love to play for the Seahawks, but they're going to have to want me back and the numbers are going to have to be right."

According to  the Seahawks and Bennett can agree on the right 'numbers,' Seattle could franchise tag him at a cost of $12.6 million or the team could just let the 28-year-old leave in free agency.

The Seahawks could place a franchise tag on Bennett, but that would increase his salary to $12.6 million, according to