Will The Glazer Streak Be Broken?March 7th, 2013
“There has never been a player that has ever been drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that left this organization because of money. And if you’re not drafting well over a long period of time, guys don’t get re-signed. Donald Penn? Re-signed. Davin Joseph? Re-signed. Big money contracts. And if you’re leading the way with free agency, and I think we’ve seen this over the years with teams, if that’s the way they lead the way, it hasn’t proven to be successful. We will be happy to spend in free agency. But we have got to build a team, and we have to draft well and build a foundation for this team. But we’re open-minded. Whatever we’ve got to do to win. — Joel Glazer, Jan. 2, 2012.
Team Glazer has said it numerous times; the Bucs have not lost a homegrown Buccaneer in free agency that they wanted to retain.
It’s been a common refrain from Team Glazer in past years when pressed about not spending money in free agency. Team Glazer has tried to drive home the point that poor drafting didn’t leave enough homegrown veterans to re-sign and the team didn’t want to dive into unrestricted free agency to build the core of the club.
Now Joe knows Michael Bennett was not drafted by the Bucs, but since Joel Glazer (see above) lumped undrafted Donald Penn onto the list of drafted players developed in Tampa and re-signed for big cash, Joe will consider Bennett a homegrown talent that the Bucs could and should re-sign and not lose to a higher offer. Bennett was an undrafted free agent in 2009, and the Bucs signed him that October after Seattle cut him.
So Joe is wondering whether the streak Team Glazer has referenced will be broken this season in the case of Bennett.
On paper, there is no logical reason to let Bennett walk. He was an absolute beast against the run. He rushed inside and outside. He notched nine sacks and forced three fumbles, and stayed healthy. He’s in his prime at 27 years old, and the Bucs are hardly deep at defensive end. Adrian Clayborn is coming off major knee surgery and is not versatile. DaQuan Bowers is not as good as Bennett, has yet to play a full season, and he’s got gun charges hanging over his head.
Joe can’t imagine any scenario in which the Bucs would not want Bennett to return — other than his price tag. If Bennett leaves town, Joe will consider the Glazer streak broken.