Buccaneers: Five best undrafted free agents in team history
2. Defensive End Michael Bennett (2009 – 2012)
Claimed off of waivers by the Buccaneers in October of 2009 after being released by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M.
Played in 50 games during his Buccaneers career starting 28 games and totaling 84 tackles fifteen sacks and four forced fumbles. His best season with the Buccaneers came in 2012 when he had career highs in tackles (34) sacks (9) and forced fumbles (3).
Just as he was starting to become a force on the defensive line the Buccaneers chose not to resign him after the 2012 season. As free agency began during the 2013 season he was signed by the Seattle Seahawks on a one year deal.
He immediately became part of a rotational defensive line that became the number one ranked defense (with 8.5 sacks) and went on to win the Super Bowl against Denver.
During his four seasons with the Seahawks he has become a dominate outspoken defensive lineman and a core part of their top defense with 106 tackles 30.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles to go along with back to back trips to the Super Bowl winning one and losing one (that he was ejected in) on an interception in the end zone.
Meanwhile during that time, the Buccaneers continued to look for a player besides Gerald McCoy who could rush the passer at least until recently.