Yes, Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett told a Tampa radio station that he’ll give the Bucs a chance to match any offer he receives in free agency.
No, he didn’t mean what he said.
A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Bennett will not give the Bucs a chance to match. Per the source, Bennett misspoke.
Not that it would matter. While Bennett’s words could in theory scare other teams away from engaging in a potentially fruitless exercise, the Bucs don’t seem to be inclined to pay Bennett anything close to what he could get on the open market.