At one point, former Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett said he’d give the Bucs an opportunity to match any offer he gets elsewhere.
Then, Bennett said he wouldn’t.
When the offer came from Seattle for a one-year, $5 million deal, Bennett opted not to give the Bucs a chance to match, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
“They acted like they didn’t want me, so no, I didn’t go back to them,” Bennett said.
“I just didn’t feel any love from them at all,” Bennett said. “And that’s kind of disappointing, because for a team that you put everything you had into for four years to do that, you’re just kind of, ‘OK, whatever.’
“You do everything you can to grow as a player and get better as a player and you prove yourself over and over again for them, but I guess that’s just who they are.”
Bennett actually started his career in Seattle, arriving in Tampa after the Bucs claimed him on waivers. He returns to the possibility of not being a starter.
“I’m not concerned at all [about playing time],” Bennett said. “Everybody is capable of playing on the defensive line here, and I plan to be part of the rotation here. I’ll be all over the place here.”
He’ll definitely be all over the place when the Bucs arrive during the 2013 regular season for a game against Bennett’s new team.