Tony McDaniel Says Michael Bennett Helped Sell Him On Tampa and Bennett “Wishes He Could Come Back Down Here”

August 11th, 2015

michael bennett 0312The Buccaneers’ new defensive tackle, 2013 and 2014 Seahawks starter Tony McDaniel, was practicing today at One Buc Palace.

And he told Joe that former Bucs star and Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who was allowed to walk from the Bucs for no good reason, influenced his decision to sign with Tampa Bay.

McDaniel said after practice that “like 12 different teams” were pursuing him since he was cut in early August by Seattle.

McDaniel said coming to an emerging team looking for a run stuffer was very attractive to him.

Joe wanted to look deeper. Did Michael Bennett sell you on Gerald McCoy at all?

Tony McDaniel: No question. I told him about, you know, I told him about some of the teams that were offering me and he said Tampa was a great place, and he even said he wishes he could come back down here. But yeah, he kind of helped sell me to come down here to Tampa and play.

Joe: Are you going to get him back here?

McDaniel: Yes, sir. I’d love to have him.

So how about that! Michael Bennett deserves a “thank you” for helping the Bucs get needed depth. And Bennett wants to come back to where he belongs. We miss you, Michael.

27 Responses to “Tony McDaniel Says Michael Bennett Helped Sell Him On Tampa and Bennett “Wishes He Could Come Back Down Here””

  1. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    They shouldn’t have let Bennett go, but he won’t be back.

  2. BamaBuc Says:

    @ Joe. What is Bennetts contract situation? Will he be a free agent next year? Would be nice to get him back and Smith produce this year and best DE available in draft.

  3. meatloph Says:

    Are you listening L&L!?

  4. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    To this day. … still boggles my mind why this teak let MB go…….dumb…just plain dumb

  5. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    Would be nice. Then wouldn’t have to hear about him leaving anymore. Plus as a side bonus it would be nice to get a better DE on our line. Lol

  6. JenaW Says:

    it’s not that depth at multiple positions isn’t a good thing but the Bucs now have deep depth on defense and a O-line that still looks like a sieve that needs to protect a rookie QB.

    Shouldn’t some of that free agency money go to getting Jameis some proven protection instead getting defensive backups for backups?

  7. buc4life1979 Says:

    @meatloph: RIGHT ON!!

  8. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    Seattle is in deep water with the cap. Now with Wilson’s big deal, and Chancellor holding out, I would make a play. Bennett wants a new deal, and maybe Licht can make another deal.

  9. Kevin Says:

    TRADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO IT FOR CHRIST SAKE…..IFF THEY CANT AFFORD HIM THAN TRADE FOR THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Hate to say it, but it would be a typical Tampa Bay move to trade for a guy that we could have/should have kept. That being said, I’d be all for it.

  11. BoltIsle Says:


  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    One for 87…..the “tune-master”

    Re: Michael Bennett

    “Give me one reason to stay here
    And I’ll turn right back around
    Give me one reason to stay here
    And I’ll turn right back around
    Said I don’t want to leave you lonely
    You got to make me change my mind”

  13. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Maaaan…. I just got done looking at the bucs new depth chart. We are screwed at DE… Its scary bad, if either of the starters go done we might as well just play prevent defense and drop everyone into coverage.

  14. BucTrooper Says:

    Quit saying there was “no good reason.” Dominik had a reason. He though Da’quan Bowers was ready to be a double digit sack guy and he was wrong. Bowers is just fat and slow.

    That’s the reason.

  15. Dan Says:

    If any Bucs fans really think Bennett is coming to town anytime soon, keep dreaming! He signed a 4 year contract last offseason. 3 more years of dreaming, maybe it’ll come true and just maybe Bennett will be the beast he currently is.

  16. Fsuking Says:

    There are much better options for a trade than Bennett. That being said, the Seahawks are the best team in the league to trade with right now.

  17. drdneast Says:

    The signing of McDaniels is bad news for Bowers.
    Now if the Bucs wiuld just invest in one veteran OG ln ghe right side.
    Why do I only hear crickets from the Dallasbuc, Tmaxcon crowd after this story…

  18. The Real Drew Says:

    So, the Bucs website took the video down I’m guessing because he said that and are worried about tampering. I clicked on it and it said “this video is no longer available”.

  19. Stevek Says:


    Thank you, sir!

    Schiano proclaiming, “Da’Quan Bowers is a 10 sack guy”, was a backhanded way of saying, “Dominik let Bennett walk because he thought Bowers could replace Bennett’s level of production”.

    “It’s as simple as that.”

  20. The Real Drew Says:

    Video is up now, but that part is not in it.

  21. gotbbucs Says:

    Im going to be in the far majority here, but no. Bennett worked hard in a contract year, got the contract he wanted, and then has done nothing but piss and moan ever since. He and his brother are both certifiably insane. No thank you.

  22. gotbbucs Says:

    How many double digit sack seasons does Michael Bennett have?

  23. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Gotbbucs, that would be none. Still better than what we got. Maybe we could trade a 4th rounder for him?

  24. pick6 Says:

    our cap room might be a factor in his desire to return

  25. LakelandBuc Says:

    Michael Bennett was waiting on the Bucs to offer him a contract, but it never came so he signed a ” prove yourself contract” for 1 year $5 million with the Seahawks. Then when the Seahawks saw enough of him, they gave him a multi year contract. And we were stuck with D’Quan Bowers and Daniel Te’O- Nesheim as our edge rushers, the worst duo in the NFL. Maybe big George Johnson and Jack Smith will be our answer this season, hopefully they will arrive this season. When you have Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald, Henry Melton and Tony McDaniel at DT, our edge rushers should be free every single play to get after the QB. With Tony McDaniel at Nose Tackle, I would want my most athletic LB at the MIKE. And that is Kwon Alexander, Bruce Carter is ok at the MIKE, but he’s better at the SAM. Kwon Alexander will be a playmaker at the MIKE behind Tony McDaniel, but that leaves out Danny Lansanah, who also is a playmaker at the SAM. Leslie Frazier has to figure this out, but I would love to see Kwon Alexander at Mike, Lavonte David at WILL and Bruce Carter at Sam. That makes Danny Lansanah the backup for all three positions.

  26. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    I agree brotha

    Wouldn’t mind if we traded for Kam Chancellor though

  27. Capt.Tim Says:

    The obvious move, is Gerald McCoy to again spend some time at DE
    Hes done it before