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Michael Bennett thinks Ryan Tannehill is a cool dunker

Michael Bennett has a reputation for outspoken views on NFL contemporaries. Those opinions are known to skew negative (See: Jay Cutler is "the worst quarterback in the NFL."). Which makes his adoration of former Texas A&M teammate Ryan Tannehill, only one of the most polarizing quarterbacks in football, all the more surprising.

"Tannehill was the best athlete at our school," Bennett said, according to "Better than Von (Miller). Better than me. My brother (Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett) would argue that, but Tannehill was one of the best athletes I've even seen. He ran a 4.4. He could do every type of dunk. He was just cool. He was just a smooth, cool guy.

"I've always liked Tannehill. I like him. He went to the same school as me. I'm not going to like him on Sunday. That's a whole different story. I like him as a guy. He was always a good guy to me."

The same Michael Bennett evoked Tannehill's name last summer while bemoaning the high salaries of today's passers.

"Quarterback is the only position in the NFL where you could be mediocre and get paid," Bennett told 710 ESPN's "Brock and Salk" program. "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 will get the chance to share his wide range of Tannehill opinions with the man himself on Sunday when the Dolphins visit the Seahawks in the season opener for both teams.

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