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.
“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.
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