On Seattle's 710 ESPN radio this morning, defensive end Michael Bennett dismissed a report from the Cowboys' beat writer for the Fort Worth Star Telegram rumoring Bennett wants traded from the Seahawks to Atlanta because he's unhappy with his contract.
And he did it in a way only Bennett does.
"Man, they made rumors about Jesus, they'll make rumors about anybody," Bennett said on the "Justin and Gee" show, his voice rising in its familiar, semi-incredulous way.
Asked a second time a few minutes later about the rumor he isn't happy with a Seahawks contract that will pay him $6 million guaranteed in 2015, year two of the four-year, $28.5 million deal he signed in March 2014, Bennett said:
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"We've been talkin' ... I don't know what the problem is. I never asked for a trade. I'm still trying to figure out how a guy in Dallas can make up a story about me, living in Seattle. It's just like, 'How does that happen?' I'm in Hawaii, surfing, got my kids in the ocean -- and they talkin' about ... something else."
"We've been talkin'" could mean Bennett has asked and the Seahawks have told him the same thing they told running back Marshawn Lynch about this time last offseason: No, we don't renegotiate contracts that still have two more years after this one remaining on it. Let's talk again before the final year of that deal.
That's what Seattle and general manager John Schneider did with Lynch before giving him a two-year extension last month for what amounts to a possible $31 million over three years, including $12 million guaranteed this year through a $4.5 million base salary and $8.5 million signing bonus.
You can listen to all of Bennett's interview with 710 ESPN Seattle here