Up Goes Bennett’s PriceDecember 9th, 2012
The hope and promise of the proverbial “next year” is the only thing soothing Joe right now following the heinous debacle against the Eagles and their rookie quarterback before a packed house in Tampa today. And what’s intriguing about 2013 is how the Bucs will approach their defensive line.
Michael Bennett, with two sacks today, has nine on the season. Bennett plays the run like a beast. And Bennett rushes inside and outside — one of his sacks was off an inside rush today — and he only turned 27 a few weeks ago.
Translation: Bennett is adding bags full of money to his inevitable unrestricted free agent contract coming after this season.
Joe doesn’t know of any effective, young pass rusher who doesn’t get paid big bucks in free agency. Then throw in the versatility in Bennett’s game, and he’s going to be in demand when the free agency whistle blows in March.
Will the Bucs invest heavily in Bennett? Joe doesn’t see how they have any other choice, unless they’re going to use one of their prime draft picks, which improve weekly. He’s the best of the Bowers-Clayborn-Bennett trifecta.