Vetamur wrote: RolandDeschain wrote:
Vetamur wrote:and coincidentally the Seahawks offered the best contract, so there's that.
I thought his brother or someone said he got offered a little more elsewhere? Got a link?
Perhaps a little more money, but not a better contract. Taking a little more but playing in a different system with a lesser supporting cast isn't usually a better deal.
A "better" contract is all about the money and years. Period. Otherwise a 4-year, $5 million dollar contract in New England would be better than a 4-year, $7 million dollar contract in Cleve Land.
Bennett was offered a better contract elsewhere. And while the fact he was weighing a Super Bowl caliber team against a team that wasn't nearly as competitive held some sway in his decision, I'm sure the Twelves had a good deal of sway too.
The decision could have been as easy as saying "hey, it's worth a million a year to me just to play in front of this crowd in a situation I like, rather than be faced with a duller crowd and a lot of what-ifs." People turn down a lot more money to work in a situation or location they like better all the time. It's not uncommon to hear common folks turn down ten or twenty thousand to stay in or move to a situation that suits them better. Figure out the percentage, and I bet Bennett's million is less of a percentage of the total than many people far less wealthy turn down.
Hell, it's a lot less of a percentage than what I opted to turn down myself. I could be back east still, working a pretty sweet career for a lot of money, rather than being back in Washington State. To me, raising my kids in this environment and a good school district, and away from the hellhole that is the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Mary Land was well worth it.
And that tells me playing in front of the Twelves may indeed have been a key difference maker to Bennett.