Another One For Mike Bennett’s WalletNovember 4th, 2012
Pass rushers get paid handsomely in the NFL.
Pass rushers who play the run well get paid even better.
And 27-year-old pass rushers who enter free agency with double-digit sacks in a contract year hit the jackpot.
Michael Bennett, with a sack today and six sacks at the halfway point of the season, continues to look like the total package. Joe’s not a big fan of the various stats-tracking geeks on the Internet, such as Pro Football Focus, but these guys also repeatedly say Bennett tracks as a stud.
Sure, Bennett is prone to getting dinged up and there’s half a season to go. But with the interior of the Bucs defensive line playing well and very little slowing Bennett down, it seems he’s on the way to a massive payday. Bennett turns 27 next week.
A waiver wire theft by rockstar general manager Mark Dominik three years ago, it’ll be interesting to see if the Bucs make a move on extending Bennett’s contract in the coming weeks. Joe can’t think of a reason Tampa Bay would want to risk exposing Bennett in free agency, especially with Adrian Clayborn on the shelf with a serious knee injury.
Joe firmly believes the risk of signing Bennett now is well worth it.