“Quarterback is the only position in the NFL where you could be mediocre and get paid. At every other position, you can’t be mediocre,” Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said on 710 ESPN Seattle. “If I was Ryan Tannehill and the most games I ever won was seven, how could you get a $100 million for that? I guess that’s the value of the position.”
Actually Tannehill and the Dolphins won eight games each of the last two seasons, but that’s semantics.
Bennett went on to further unleash on the most important position in today’s NFL.
“And then it’s like, you’re sitting at home and there’s breaking news and it says that Brian Hoyer is the quarterback of the Texans. I’m like, who cares? That’s not breaking news. It’s really not breaking news.”
Next up was the Philadelphia Eagles’ Sam Bradford, who has been at the center of a recent debate about quarterbacks getting hit after handoffs. Bradford was hit low by Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs after a handoff during a preseason game on Saturday, drawing a roughing-the-passer penalty that the NFL later said wasn’t warranted.
“There’s some mediocre quarterbacks in the NFL that make a lot of money,” Bennett said. “You take a guy like Sam Bradford — he’s never played really in the last three years, but he’s made more money than most guys in the NFL.”