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How much is it going to cost Seattle to keep Michael Bennet?

Michael Bennet on a 3 year / $15M contract offer.

That would be taking a pay cut, to me, I had to prove myself as a player back-to-back years. Basically, I took a one year deal the year before, did a first-round tender in Tampa [as a restricted free agent], so I definitely just want to be paid. You know, I’m not trying to be the highest paid guy but I want to be compensated with the top guys.

So what will Michael Bennet be looking for? To get an idea, let's take a look at the top 50 APY contracts for 43 Defensive Ends in 2013.
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via i60.tinypic.com

As we can see from the graph, there is a sharp pay jump between good and elite 43DEs. If Michael Bennett is considered an elite DE, then his APY will start at around $12M. From his comments, I'm pretty sure he's looking for a contract in that range.

In order to clear space, the Seahawks could release Chris Clemons or Red Bryant, but they would still need to clear another 4-5 million. That will make signing extensions Sherman, Wilson and Thomas that much more difficult.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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