Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Seahawks have signed former Buccaneers’ defensive end Michael Bennett to a one year, five million dollar contract.
The Buccaneers’ leading sack man in 2012 was thought to be the second best defensive end on the market, behind only Cliff Avril of the Lions, and figured to net a big contract in a league that demands good pass rushers. The Buccaneers were interested in bringing him back, but allegedly offered him a deal too low for him to accept.
They must have really, really lowballed him.
Not long after the Seahawks scooped up Avril, they added the other top pass rusher on the free agent market by snagging Bennett on a cheap deal. This raises the question as to why no other teams were willing to beat the deals the Seahawks were offering, as they add Avril and Bennett to young sack specialist Bruce Irvin and a handful of veteran defensive linemen.
So why did the Buccaneers not offer Bennett five million dollars per year? How low was their offer, and how could no other team value Bennett higher than this? Or was it a case of Bennett preferring to go to a contender?
I feel like there’s something we don’t know here, but as it stands, congratulations to the Seahawks on bringing back the man you released and allowed to grow into a legitimate NFL player with the Buccaneers. You got a great deal.
The Buccaneers still need to add depth to the defensive line. Bennett would have been an excellent addition to the rotation, and it’s unclear why the Buccaneers would not have offered 5 million dollars to bring him back. And to think fans were wanting the front office to use the franchise tag on Bennett. Little did we know, Bennett would sign for less than half of the franchise tag amount.