Michael Bennett And Prices For Defensive Ends

March 14th, 2013

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Late last night, cornerbacks started flying off the free agent market, but a few good ones (Sean Smith, Brent Grimes, included) are still available.

Defensive ends, not so much. Cliff Avril, one of the better defensive ends, agreed to terms with the Seahawks for two years at $6.5 million year.

Mind you, Avril turned down a three-year contract extension from the Lions for $10 million a year earlier in 2012.

So perhaps defensive ends may have overvalued themselves?

This leads Joe to Michael Bennett. He and his agent, oily Drew Rosenhaus, have never closed the door on the Bucs. Before free agency, if Joe was told Bennett could be had for less than $7 million a year, Joe would have considered that a fair bargain.

Now it seems Bennett would be lucky to get that much.

Given the fact Bennett has not told the Bucs, “Sorry man, I’m gone, don’t call me,” it seems there is still a good chance for Bennett to come back. He has professed his desire to stay in Tampa Bay publicly the past week.

Maybe, just maybe, the Bucs will luck out and get Bennett back.

14 Responses to “Michael Bennett And Prices For Defensive Ends”

  1. Macabee Says:

    I think Avril got 7.5mil, but your point is valid. Bennett is probably a 6 to 6.5mil guy. And that depends on who’s pursuing him. I’ve not heard about any visits planned or interest in the major media.

  2. Ian_620WDAE Says:

    If Bennett can be had for 6mil I’ll be shocked if he isn’t a Buccaneer unless contract negotiations got personal

  3. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Hope the Bucs don’t pull a Welker and let him go to a rival for cheap. Pull the trigger Rockstar!

  4. cbell96825 Says:

    Other then bennett joe do you know anymore free agents walking around one buc or and more jet rides planned for the rockstar and friends?

  5. robert Says:

    We need to lock him up. As pumped as I am about Goldson we still need a #1 CB, a #2 CB, a solid DT, a tier 1 DE, a tier 1 TE and depth on the OL

    Even if they strike gold in the draft again this year they may only fill 3 needs there….

    and thats 6 holes open. Rockstar better get a move on!

  6. FunkYxMunkeY Says:

    Since Avril is gone, we better resign Bennett. Especially for that price. Also, Sean Smith and another good CB would be so much better than a torn ACL, 15 million dollar salary, Revis. I just can’t believe they are going this hard after him. Crazy move, it takes almost half our cap space. Totally disagree with it!!

  7. Robbie_G Says:

    With all the needs at CB, Unless the Bucs sign him to a good deal, I would let him walk. I hope the team is not so hung up on Revis, they let Smith, Grimes or Lewis walk away. I am also surprised they have not talked to a TE, and it seems Leon Washington was blowing smoke, he is with Bel_A_Cheat.

  8. MarineBucsFan Says:

    Whats all this talk about us signing the LB from the saints….I have not seen anything official on that. Hell i havent even seen it as a rumor??

  9. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Tampa lost out on Clif Avril big time!
    But one good thing to come out of the Avril signing is we will now be able to afford Bennett.

  10. MarineBucsFan Says:

    As you were….thanks Joe on the Casillas piece!!

  11. White Tiger Says:

    A bleacher report update from a few hours ago stated Revis is on vacation in Paris with his business manager…who tweeted a picture of Revis sporting a Falcons hat…

    …cool by me, Falcons grab Revis, we grab Grimes…our backfield just got superb.

    No matter how this shapes up, we walk away with a better backfield.

    Add a (potential) resigning of Michael Bennet to a VERY affordable contract (thank you Seattle and Cliff Avril)…

    …and we’re looking at an elite defense in 2013 – with plenty of room for a couple more set pieces, maybe a younger TE, or developmental/swing Guard/Tackle?

    Hats off to Dominik – he’s definitely a Rockstar if he wraps all this up AND comes in under budget!

    Well done Dom, well done Team Glazer!

  12. 76buc76 Says:

    This team will be in serious trouble next year if we sign Revis.V-jax and Nick’s only have 1M base salary’s for this year.But next year they each are around 10M.If Eric Wright win’s his greavance against the Buc’s.We are screwed with all this dead money.It will cost us cap money to cut most of our big money guy’s.You can cut big money guy’s on the forth and fifth year of the contract and free up cap room.Look at Nnamdi they could have kept him and saved 4M.They would of had to pay him his 11M instead of the imaginary 15M cap hit.I’m worried that in this new CBA the Buc’s could be the first team to be absolutely unable to get under the cap in 2014.No William’s no Freeman and because we can’t cut big money.We will have to cut all the under payed player’s.

  13. Pete 422 Says:

    With this kind of value, lock Bennett up. He plays on every down because he goes inside on 3rd/passing downs.

  14. Paul Says:

    Rick Stroud called him a 3rd down only lineman on NFL network. What an idiot, He was awesome against the run.