In giving star quarterback Russell Wilson a four-year, $87.6 million deal and dominating middle linebacker Bobby Wagner a four-year, $43 million extension, are the Seattle Seahawks leaving the middle men out in contract negotiations?
Defensive end Michael Bennett seems to think that's the case and that could be the reason why safety Kam Chancellor continues to hold out in stalled negotiations, which reportedly could cross into the start of the 2015 NFL season next month.
"They can't pay everybody, but they do pay people," Bennett told Yahoo Sports. "They pay certain people a lot of money, and other guys feel like they should be paid just as much as those guys because everybody contributes to the Super Bowls and the championships."
Even Bennett himself wants a new contract, but realizes that the Seahawks can't offer extensions to all of its players. He thinks that's why the team let defensive tackle Tony McDaniel go last week.
"That's what people don't understand, people talk about Tony McDaniels like, 'Oh, he's just another guy,' but think about, how does a Bobby Wagner make those tackles? These are the workers," he told Yahoo. "It's like the clothing line. You see the people who own the clothing line, but you don't see the people who work and make the clothes. The middle man is always needed for success in this league."
Chancellor continues to hold out from the Seahawks' training camp, unhappy about the $4,550,000 in base salary he's due this season. Wagner also wants a restructured deal.
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