Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times reports that free agent DE Michael Bennett is “not a priority” for the Buccaneers at this time.
Bennett mentioned that he’s unwilling to give them a shot at matching any offer he receives on the open market in the next few days, so it seems as though the Buccaneers are prepared to move on with out him.
“I’m definitely still hoping everything works out with the Bucs,” Bennett said. “A lot can still happen once things get going.”
We have him listed as the No. 8 best available player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.
Bennett seems like a long-shot to back with the Buccaneers next season and is in a great position to secure a solid long-term contract in the coming weeks.
We have him listed as the No. 7 best available player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.
Stroud adds that the Buccaneers don’t see Bennett as an $11 million defensive end, which is why they passed on franchising him earlier in the week. Instead, he expects Tampa Bay to move forward with Da’Quan Bowers as their starting defensive end next season.
Bennett, 27, is in a great position to land a very sizable contract on the open market.