Talking Points: Perks of Russell Wilson's stardom

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Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett used Russell Wilson's stardom to get into a Seattle restaurant this week.

Having called and being told there were no tables available, Bennett called again, this time impersonating the star quarterback. Bennett described the plan in an interview on 710 ESPN radio.

"I called back and said, 'Hey, this is Russell Wilson. I'll be attending your restaurant today about 3:30. Do you have any tables?' " he said.

"And she was like, 'Yes! We can make a table for you! You were 22 for 30 the other night, 130 quarterback rating!' She knew every stat."

"And then I got to the restaurant – it was me and my wife and my kids – I said, 'Oh, thank you. I'm Russell Wilson.' And then she took me to the table. They had it roped off, they had sparkling water, everything."

"She was like, 'Good joke.' I said, 'Gotcha.'"

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Robinson Cano, the biggest name on the free-agent market, might be on the verge of becoming a Seattle Mariner.

The second baseman reportedly flew to Seattle on Thursday to meet team officials. The Mariners will reportedly offer Cano a $225 million nine-year contract.

The Mariners, desperate for offense and with a new TV deal, seem willing to break the bank to outbid the New York Yankees.

Larry Stone of The Seattle Times remains skeptical the Mariners can lure Cano. He writes:

"The Mariners have had a knack for falling just short whenever they're in pursuit of the biggest names on the market.

"Here's the bottom line: Until they land one of these big fish, the skepticism over their ability to do so is going to continue to run rampant. They're either on the verge of the biggest coup in franchise history, or peddling another dose of false hope."