As we move closer to the annual deadline for applying the franchise tag, here’s another guy who won’t be restricted with the kind of restriction we’d all like — a guaranteed eight-figure payday.

Per a league source, the Seahawks won’t be applying the franchise tag to defensive end Michael Bennett. Which means that he’ll hit the open market, a year after signing a one-year, $5 million deal to join Seattle.

Bennett surely is looking to parlay his one-year bet-on-himself contract into a bigger contract, the same way his brother, Martellus, previously did. The former Cowboys tight end signed a one-year deal with the Giants before cashing in last year, via a four-year deal with the Bears.