Bennett Says He Didn’t Feel Bucs’ “Love”March 16th, 2013
Joe’s unsure the truth will ever come out regarding why the Bucs thought it was a smart idea to let their best defensive end walk away in free agency when it wasn’t going to cost much to retain him.
For those returning from a Mars getaway, Michael Bennett signed with the Seahawks on Thursday.
Yesterday, veteran Tampa Tribune beat scribe Woody Cummings caught up with Bennett, and the versatile, young stud DE said he didn’t feel like the Bucs wanted him to return.
“They acted like they didn’t want me, so no, I didn’t go back to them,” Bennett told The Tribune on Friday. … …
“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.”
The Bucs declined to comment.
Joe’s not going to rehash all the reasons why retaining Bennett — a guy who proved he was a strong fit in Greg Schiano’s defense — was a wise move. You can read many of those here.
As Greg Schiano and rockstar general manager Mark Dominik always say, every organizational move is about making the Bucs a better football team. Joe looks forward to seeing how losing Bennett fits into that paradigm.