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Bennett Won’t Give Bucs Chance To Match Offers

UPDATE:

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Bennett will not give the Bucs a chance to match. Per the source, Bennett misspoke.

Not that it would matter. While Bennett’s words could in theory scare other teams away from engaging in a potentially fruitless exercise, the Bucs don’t seem to be inclined to pay Bennett anything close to what he could get on the open market.

[1]Maybe the agent for Buccaneers free agent-to-be Michael Bennett didn’t hear what he was looking for this weekend during the legal tampering window.

“I’ll give the Bucs the chance to match any offer I get,” Bennett said. “I love the Bucs and want to finish [my career] here.”

Bennett said at least eight teams had called his agent this weekend, no surprise for a 27-year-old who had 9.0 sacks last year.

The Bucs are taking a chance by letting him listen, as that puts a lot of pressure on Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers.

For more on this story visit: Darin Gantt, NBC Sports Pro Football Talk [2]