Drew Rosenhaus Is SalivatingJanuary 16th, 2013
The Michael Bennett sweepstakes appear to be heating up early.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll chatted with media yesterday, stunned by his team’s loss and sack-free performance in Atlanta on Sunday, and he declared that scoring a couple of pass rushers is Seattle’s offseason priority.
Joe suspects Bennett’s agent, oily Drew Rosenhaus, is rejoicing over Carroll’s public outcry and is preparing to extract every last dime Bennett can score on the unrestricted free agent market.
How could Seattle not want a versatile guy like Bennett? He’s a manbeast against the run, second in the NFL in “run-stuffs” in 2012, (Frank Gore and Stephen Jackson live in their division), and Bennett can get after the passer.
It’s an odd free-agent class for defensive ends.
Old and somewhat worn out studs Richard Seymour, Dwight Freeney and Osi Umenyiora will be available when the free agency bell rings in March, as will Lions DE Cliff Avril, who had 9 1/2 sacks in 2012 and earned $10.7 million as the Lions franchise player. And then there’s Bennett.
Joe sincerely hopes the Bucs can lock up Bennett before he’s free to test the market in March. If not, there’s always the franchise tag for 2013, a steep price, but the one that’s likely worth it.