Bennett Does Not Rule Out Return To BucsFebruary 3rd, 2014
Last night Joe was confident many Bucs fans needed copious amounts of Pepcid AC (maximum strength), and it wasn’t because of the hot wings and beers they had. No, Bucs fans had indigestion because they watched Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett playing in the Super Bowl.
Yes, the same Michael Bennett who led the Bucs in sacks in 2012. Yes, the same Michael Bennett who the Bucs let walk away for no good reason.
Yes, the same Michael Bennett who led the Super Bowl champion Seahawks in sacks.
Well, Bucs fans, Joe hopes this helps calm your acid reflux from last night. When Joe spoke with Bennett at Super Bowl Media Day last week (man, the eight degrees was so friggin’ cold, Joe finally thawed out in that 80 degree day yesterday), Joe asked Bennett, who is to be a free agent this offseason, if he would rule out a return to the sack-needy Bucs, Bennett clearly left the door open for the Bucs to come get him.
“Aw, I am not ruling out a return to anywhere,” Bennett said. “But I am playing in the Super Bowl. (If a return to the Bucs) happens, it happens.”
Joe will have much more on Bennett later this week (he’s got a lot of stuff on him) but what impressed Joe with Bennett was, he had ample chances to criticize the Bucs for letting him go (he wanted to stay), and every time Bennett was set up by various reporters to badmouth the Bucs, he instead praised them. It was impressive.
Given the fact new Bucs general manager Jason Licht has emphasized value in free agents, and the Bucs desperately need to bring heat on quarterbacks, and considering how well Bennett also plays the run, Joe has to wonder if Bennett is on Lovie Smith’s radar for 2014.
Bennett could be a nice “value” pick up.