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(CBS Seattle/1090 The Fan)  — Outspoken Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett told a Seattle radio station Wednesday that he thinks quarterbacks in the NFL are often coddled and overpaid.

In the same interview with 710 ESPN, Bennett also said many quarterbacks are soft and often look for penalty flags to be thrown.

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“Quarterback is the only position in the NFL where you could be mediocre and get paid,” said Bennett. “At every other position, you can’t be mediocre. 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.”

Bennett referenced last week’s exhibition game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens as an example. During a read-action play in that game, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was flagged for tackling quarterback Sam Bradford too low — a penalty the league later said wasn’t warranted.

“I mean [Bradford] gets hit in his knees and he’s about to cry? I mean, everybody gets hit in their legs,” Bennett continued. “Every play somebody tries to hit me in my legs. So what makes him different, what makes his life better than mine?”

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Bennett added that he does respect quarterbacks who can take a hit and stay competitive. For Bennett, that list includes Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, and Tom Brady.

“I respect [him],” Bennett said of Brady. “Because when [he] gets hit, he gets up and is like, ‘Good job. Good hit.’

Bennett took time to address his contract situation with Seattle (he signed a 4-year, $28.5 million extension in 2014) saying that while he remains unsatisfied with his contract and feels as though worth more, he can’t let those feelings “trump [his] professionalism.”

“I’m like a wife that’s married to a guy, they have kids, and she can’t leave because she loves the kids,” he added in an interesting analogy. “I love the kids. Those are my teammates.”

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