Up Goes Bennett’s Price

December 9th, 2012

The hope and promise of the proverbial “next year” is the only thing soothing Joe right now following the heinous debacle against the Eagles and their rookie quarterback before a packed house in Tampa today. And what’s intriguing about 2013 is how the Bucs will approach their defensive line.

Michael Bennett, with two sacks today, has nine on the season. Bennett plays the run like a beast. And Bennett rushes inside and outside — one of his sacks was off an inside rush today — and he only turned 27 a few weeks ago.

Translation: Bennett is adding bags full of money to his inevitable unrestricted free agent contract coming after this season.

Joe doesn’t know of any effective, young pass rusher who doesn’t get paid big bucks in free agency. Then throw in the versatility in Bennett’s game, and he’s going to be in demand when the free agency whistle blows in March.

Will the Bucs invest heavily in Bennett? Joe doesn’t see how they have any other choice, unless they’re going to use one of their prime draft picks, which improve weekly. He’s the best of the Bowers-Clayborn-Bennett trifecta.

14 Responses to “Up Goes Bennett’s Price”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Show him the money!

    Then in the draft:

    1st round: cornerback

    2nd round: cornerback

    3rd round: cornerback

    4th round: cornerback

    5th round: cornerback

    6th round: cornerback

    7th round: cornerback

  2. RastaMon Says:

    this is not one of our problems…….

  3. JonBuc Says:

    A signature sack/pressure at the end would have been nice …

  4. raphael Says:

    sign the man !

  5. 911bucs Says:

    It’s going to be interesting to see how many guys want to stick around next year. And if we get a lot of responses from free agents.

  6. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    The Glazers are sooo far under the salary cap….pay him NOW

  7. Legit Says:

    i believe we are only a few million dollars under the cap… don’t forget we spent big time on nicks jackson and yes mr. 35 million eric wright.

  8. BucFan20 Says:

    Anyone know what free agent CB’s are on the market? Drafting is fine but we need experience too. But pay Bennett. Wait til after 2013 for Freeman.

  9. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    @Legit. ….i’ve been keeping track like a hawk…we were 15million under…and now that they didnt have to pay Talib and Wright while he is suspended….it about $19,000,000 Million right now…which is borderline criminal!!!!!!!! we lack sooo much quality depth

  10. SensibleBuc Says:

    Ugh. I was afraid of this.

    Bennett is good not great. Hes in a contract year so hes balling out but hes only been ok-to-solid ever since hes been here. Hes never going to be a double digit sack guy again. I just dont think he has the tools.

    As long as he doesn’t ask for crazy money we should resign him. He could be to us, what Charles Johnson is to the Panties: an overpaid albatross around our necks.

  11. patrickbucs Says:

    agree with BucFan2 sign him, wait on Freeman. @Sensible, you really want to take the chance of lettin the ony guy who gets pressure on the QB? At worst he’s a major cog in the rotation imo.

  12. OptimisTroll Says:

    With Clayborn back next season, Bennett’s more of a luxury, if Clayborn and Bowers can stay healthy.

  13. Have A Nice Day Says:

    @JonBuc – Bennett had his second sack on the second play of the final drive.

  14. SensibleBuc Says:


    Yep. Let him go if he’s asking for Charles Johnson. 6 year $76 million with $32 guaranteed for a guy who is assured of being a rotational player over the next 2-3 years? That’s more than Justin Tuck and half a million less than Osi Umenyiora. Too rich for my blood.