October 23, 2011; London, ENGLAND; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) is pressured by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Michael Bennett (71) during the first quarter in the NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Michael Bennett Signs Tender

Buccaneers restricted free-agent DE Michael Bennett has signed his first-round tender, which is worth about $2.74 million. The tender is valid for one year, and assures that Bennett will be in a Buccaneers uniform next season.

It was widely assumed that the Buccaneers would have been able to keep Bennett with the second-round tender, which was worth $1.93 million, but the Bucs took the safe route, and they had the cap space to do it. Bennett was drawing interest from many teams around the league, but Tampa Bay was not about to let him go. He’s an important piece on a defensive line that regressed in 2011. Bennett has shown potential and he started in front of rookie Da’Quan Bowers for most of last season.

There’s still a very, very small chance that another team will attempt to sign him, but said team would have to give up a first-round pick. I doubt that’s going to happen. Actually, that’s not going to happen. Bennett is safe with the Bucs.

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