Bears’ Martellus Bennett hopes brother gets what he deserves
By Adam L. Jahns Staff Reporter January 28, 2014 11:14PM
NEW YORK — Bears tight end Martellus Bennett just wants the best for his brother, Michael, the Seattle Seahawks’ versatile defensive lineman whom the Bears could really use.
Even if it means not playing with him.
“I just want him to win with the Seahawks,” Bennett told the Sun-Times on Tuesday at the Sheraton Times Square. “Hopefully, he doesn’t make it to free agency, [and] he stays in Seattle and gets the deal that he deserves there.”
But then again . . .
“If he does [hit free agency], I’m going to be like a college recruiting coach and show up to his house,” Bennett said.
Those collegelike pitches aren’t in full swing just yet. He doesn’t want his dream of playing together in the NFL to have any effect on Michael with Super Bowl XLVIII coming up.
“I don’t want to distract him from the game,” Bennett said. “Really, I’m just [messing] around with him all the time. But, for the most part, I haven’t started really pitching anything to him.’’
Bennett said he’s very proud of Michael, who has 1½ sacks this postseason after getting a team-best 8½ during the regular season. Michael signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Seahawks after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers let him go.
“To finally see him prosper like the way he’s supposed to prosper, I’m very proud of him,” Bennett said. “No jealousy at all. But with the Seahawks playing and we’re not playing, I’m a little bit envious.
“I told him the postseason is where you really make a name for yourself. You play well in the Super Bowl and in the playoffs, that’s when it really, really counts.’’
Bennett hopes that turns into prosperity off the field. He was very happy to see quarterback Jay Cutler get a seven-year deal worth $54 million guaranteed.
“I’m always happy when anybody gets paid,” Bennett said. “It’s hard to get paid in this league.”
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch drew plenty of criticism for his short availability during media day at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
“All the unnecessary talk, it don’t do nothing for me,” said Lynch, who was fined $50,000 by the NFL after he failed to speak to the media during the regular season. “I appreciate that people want to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. You feel me?”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll took a lighthearted approach to it.
“I thought he did six great minutes from what I heard,” Carroll said. “Some comedians make a career on that.”
After a 12-4 record and a playoff berth, Panthers coach Ron Rivera signed a three-year extension through the 2017 season. And retired Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher couldn’t be happier for his former defensive coordinator
“That’s great,” said Urlacher, who said he watched the Panthers more than most teams. “If anyone earned it, he did. They’re a good football team.”