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Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says he wants pay raise, not trade  

By SI Wire
May 08, 2015

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says he never requested a trade and that he only wants to get paid more based on his performance.

The Bennett trade rumors started in March, when a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report indicated that Bennett wanted to be traded to the Falcons to re-join former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who was hired as Atlanta’s head coach in the off-season.

Bennett was asked if he wanted to be traded by KING 5 News. 

"No," Bennett said“I think everyone who has a job, they want a raise for whatever they're doing. 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."

Bennett, 29, signed a four-year, $28.5 million deal with $16 million in guaranteed money last off-season. He is set to make $6 million this season, plus $2 million of his signing bonus.

"People assume when you ask for a little more money, they assume that you want to be traded or something like that," he said. "But that's not what I'm trying to go for."

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Bennett recorded 47 tackles and seven sacks last season while helping the Seahawks become the league's top-ranked defense in 2014.

Bennett also said he had no problems with the Patriots after the Wells report about Deflategate and that it didn't make much of a difference in the 28-24 Super Bowl XLIX loss.

“I think it didn't matter. I think they beat us fair and square," Bennett said. “If you do something like that, everybody knows that you know about it but people just hate when you lie."

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