Seahawks won't franchsie DE Bennett By The Sports Xchange 51 minutes ago The SportsXchange 0 shares Defensive end Michael Bennett was adamant about not giving the Seattle Seahawks a "Costco discount" in contract negotiations, and general manager John Schneider dismissed the notion of using the franchise tag to retain him. The door is officially open for Bennett to pursue opportunities on the open market as an unrestricted free agent March 11. "This is not Costco, this isn't Wal-Mart, this is real life," said the loquacious Bennett, who could join his brother Martellus, a tight end with the Chicago Bears, a team expected to be one of Michael Bennett's suitors on the open market. A versatile defensive end who played some defensive tackle on passing downs for the Seahawks, Bennett proved his value on a one-year, $5 million deal with Seattle in 2013. Seattle isn't flush with cap space and already parted with defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Sidney Rice. Defensive tackles Tony McDaniel and Clinton McDonald are also unrestricted free agents, and defensive end Chris Clemons is a candidate to be released if he doesn't work out a restructured deal with the team. Bennett had 8.5 sacks in the regular season with the Seahawks.