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Teams “express interest” in Michael Bennett

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Worry not for the earning power of pass rushers in their prime.

Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett, who notched a career-best nine sacks in 2012, looks poised to do well in free agency. The Tampa Bay Times reported Saturday that “multiple teams have been in contact to express interest in Bennett.”

The 27-year-old Bennett ranks No. 11 in PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100. Only the Lions’ Cliff Avril, also reportedly drawing attention early in free agency, ranks ahead of Bennett among 4-3 defensive ends on our list.

The Times wrote that “early indications are reinforcing” the feeling that Bennett could be signing elsewhere, something the publication has previously suggested to be a real possibility.

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13 Responses to “Teams “express interest” in Michael Bennett”
  1. cuj0 says: Mar 9, 2013 1:30 PM

    Good player, but number 11 on the top free agents is list is way to high.

  2. darocnessmonsta says: Mar 9, 2013 1:30 PM

    How Ironic the team he’s sacking is one of them looking to sign him

  3. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 9, 2013 1:31 PM

    dont believe all u read, their agents put this stuff out so other teams will think there is competition for certain players, tactical moves that tries to inflate the price on mediocre players

  4. johnmaddenslovechild says: Mar 9, 2013 1:53 PM

    He’s good but with clayborn and bowers and maybe a draft pick or a veteran in free agency, we have enough to get by without him.. Not to say I won’t miss him cause on a crap line excluding McCoy he was a gem for us. Good luck though buddy, would love you to stay and have your brother join us as well.

  5. bunjy96 says: Mar 9, 2013 2:05 PM

    DE Claibrone. On IR last year. Health issue-status unknown.

    DE Bowers. Stupidly decided to test NY gun law. Last one that did that ended up in the pokey for awhile. Legal issue. Status presently unknown.

    DE Michael Bennett. The 3rd one of their “starters”.
    Bucs GM playing chicken with agent.

    Think that sounds about right.

  6. thegregwitul says: Mar 9, 2013 2:15 PM

    Clayborn is getting healthy again, is 24 years old, had an excellent rookie season and should return to form.

    Bowers came back early from injury and flashed glimpses of impact play, and at full speed is a better player than Bennett. He won’t miss time due to the gun charge.

    Bennett is a good player against the pass and run, but I get the feeling a team other than Tampa will overpay considerably for his talents. I’d love for the Bucs to bring both of the Bennett brothers to Tampa, but I get the feeling a veteran player will be signed to provide situational pass rushing for the Bucs while Bennett moves on to a team like Tennessee.

  7. mrlynch33 says: Mar 9, 2013 2:57 PM

    Not gonna lie…I was interested in this article because I thought they were talking about the former Vikings RB with mad speed. I used to kill it with him in madden.

  8. ctgiant says: Mar 9, 2013 4:25 PM

    Like Double mint Gum, Reese solves two problems at once, would that be nice!
    Real nice!
    Cut Diehl, restructure Rolle, Snee, and even Eli, were done in FA’s!
    CT GIANT

  9. cbreezy80 says: Mar 9, 2013 4:40 PM

    I would love to see this guy come back as a Buc, but his asking price maybe a bit too high!! With guys like Clayborn and Bowers coming back 100%, GMC coming off a pro bowl season the d-line should finally reach it’s potential! If he would sign for around 6 to 8 mil a year then it should be a win win situation plus you know he had a desire to play with brother and we could use the help at tight end!

  10. bunjy96 says: Mar 9, 2013 5:09 PM

    thegregwitul says: Mar 9, 2013 2:15 PM

    Clayborn is getting healthy again, is 24 years old, had an excellent rookie season and should return to form.

    Bowers came back early from injury and flashed glimpses of impact play, and at full speed is a better player than Bennett. He won’t miss time due to the gun charge.

    Bennett is a good player against the pass and run, but I get the feeling a team other than Tampa will overpay considerably for his talents. I’d love for the Bucs to bring both of the Bennett brothers to Tampa, but I get the feeling a veteran player will be signed to provide situational pass rushing for the Bucs while Bennett moves on to a team like Tennessee.

    xxxxxxxx

    WOW! What confidence!

    How does Bowers get out of a mandatory jail term.

    No one at Buc HQ is saying anything about Clayborne. So I don’t take that as positive news.

    If Bennet leave, they will be look ing for at least 2 DE. With Miller also gone they also need a nose tackle.

    The Bucs are dying at CB. They only have 8 draft picks. So where are all these players going to come from? Any one have a names?

  11. thegregwitul says: Mar 9, 2013 5:41 PM

    Well, Clayborn has been progressing just fine in his rehab. This isn’t just from connected sources, but also from Clayborn himself. He should be on the field come September.

    Bowers won’t miss any time on the football field this season, IMO. Let the case play out first of course, but this isn’t Plaxico part two, not by a longshot. Daniel Te’o-Nesheim is a capable backup notching four sacks last season.

    Let us not forget that the Bucs are flush with cap space and could gain even more if Eric Wright is released and/or Quincy Black receives a medical settlement due to his neck injury. So while eight draft picks won’t fill all the holes, one can estimate the Bucs drafting one or two corners, a tight end, a defensive end or tackle and possibly a QB, while likely taking a flier on a safety or even another corner in the later rounds of the draft. Don’t rule out a trade of LeGarrette Blount to a RB hungry team such as Detroit to gain a mid round draft pick.

    As for free agency, I’m not quite sure the Bucs will sign two all pro players as they did with Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks, but I’m sure the team will sign a corner (Sean Smith perhaps) a veteran defensive end and possibly a safety and/or defensive tackle. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the tight end spot filled via free agency as there are some productive players on the open market.

    I think the Bucs are doing the right thing in letting Michael Bennett test the open market. They’ll have a chance to match his best offer and if it’s in the neighborhood of 7-9 million I could see Bennett back with Tampa Bay. If a defensive end hungry team like the Titans offer 10-12 million per season, I think Bennett has played his last down as a Buccaneer.

    We’ll find out what happens in the next three or four days.

  12. cuj0 says: Mar 9, 2013 5:56 PM

    Bowers won’t do any jail time I bet. Most likely we sign two CB’s a TE and some DL depth in free agency. Bennett is all but gone but Miller can still be resigned. Guessing we address DL again early in the draft.

  13. flmike says: Mar 10, 2013 10:57 AM

    If the money is right you resign Bennett, if not let him walk and you draft Ziggy Ansah at #13.

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