Cross Michael Bennett Off Wish ListMarch 10th, 2014
If Joe had one wish this free agent season (that’s a new term Joe just coined: free agent season) it was that Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett be scooped up by new Bucs general manager Jason Licht. That way, Licht would have righted a terrible wrong when last year Bennett, who led the Bucs in sacks in 2012, was allowed to walk away for no good reason.
Alas, that is not going to happen. The Seahawks weren’t that dumb. Today, Bennett signed an extension with the Super Bowl champions — his team — and is still in the fold of the Seahawks.
Terms of the deal have not been announced but Bennett loudly proclaimed to whoever would talk to him that he was not giving anyone a “hometown discount” as he had his Super Bowl ring and was now going for the cash.
“This ain’t Costco or Walmart,” Bennett boasted of his contract demands.
And still, the Bucs have yet to be able to replace him (or Simeon Rice for that matter).
Joe’s a bit melancholy lamenting one of the greatest mistakes of the former rockstar general manager Mark Dominik era.
Joe talked to Bennett at Super Bowl media day for a long time, and Bennett surely was happy with the Bucs and close pal Gerald McCoy but he also was very happy in Seattle.
The stable of available, quality defensive ends is getting thinner, and the Bucs desperately need one.