First let me make sure to check that I spelled Bruce Irvin’s name right I-R-V-I-N. I’m tired of seeing I-R-V-I-N-G in different blogs and what not. I mess it up myself sometimes, but come-on get it right.
I do love Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin. I don’t think any other players play with more of their hearts in the game as evidenced by their strong emotions (and fines) at the end of Super Bowl XLIX. The bottom line is that both seem unhappy with their current contract situations. This video interview with Bennett explains some of the issues involved. Let’s take the players one at a time because different issues are involved.
Bruce Irvin: Earlier this month the Seahawks declined to pick up the fifth-year extension of Bruce Irvin’s contract. This article from the Seattle Times explains some of the figures involved. Bottom line is that he will still play for the Hawks through this year and then will be a free agent. That doesn’t mean that he won’t be able to re-sign with the Seahawks, but it will probably be at a lower figure than what the fifth-year would have given him. Bruce Irvin has had some strong responses, most notable was saying that he would be in Atlanta for the 2016 season.
I do think Bruce has a point. I believe he has put his heart and soul into the Seahawks organization and I think that they did disrespect him when they said they wouldn’t pick up his contract extension. Obviously the two (Irvin and management) are not on the same page. That speaks of trouble. I don’t think it’s an irrecoverable slight though. Bruce could still be with us in 2016 if the Hawks realize what a talent he is and get their salary cap issues sorted by then. This is what I’m hoping for.
Michael Bennett: His antics off the field keep us endlessly entertained, but this is one push too many. Michael is in second year of a four-year $28.5 million dollar deal ($16 million guaranteed). He told King 5’s New Day that he wasn’t interested in a trade, he just wanted a little bit of a raise, like everyone who works.
Seriously? Most of us don’t try to extort more money from our bosses after we just got a raise. Most of us are thankful we have jobs and almost never ask for raises. My last raise was $.20/hour and I was thankful for that. If Michael wants a raise, the Seahawks can offer him the same.
This isn’t the first time he has threatened to walk away either. I remember rumors just last year that he wasn’t happy with his contract talks and wanted to go play with his brother. Maybe other teams would pay him more money, but none would want to put up with his money hungry ways for long. Remember Mr. Bennett, McDonald’s is always hiring.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do they deserve new contracts or should the Seahawks management hold firm?