Michael Bennett says more money, more snaps

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has an interesting theory on why he’s playing a lot more snaps this season compared to last season.

“When they pay you a lot of money they want you on the field all the time,” Bennett said smiling. “That’s just how it is.”

Bennett received a four-year, $28.5 million contract in March, with $16 million guaranteed.

Bennett has played 83.5 percent of the snaps this season, compared to 57.4 percent of the snaps last year.

“I like playing that much,” Bennett said. “It doesn’t bother me. I’m just moving around a lot and trying to make as many plays as I can.”

Bennett has played more snaps than any other defensive linemen on the team and the fourth most snaps on the defense behind cornerback Richard Sherman (99.4 percent), free safety Earl Thomas (98.5) and linebacker K.J. Wright (95.4).

But Bennett said it’s still about sharing the load and everyone contributing.

“On this team, statistically, you will never be at the top of any position like you want,” Bennett said. “You won’t have the most tackles. You’ll just be on a really good defense that will play for each other. I think that’s what is so special about this team.”