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A Buc no more: Michael Bennett agrees to one-year deal with Seahawks



Former Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett didn’t find what he hoped for on the open market, but the outcome didn’t change.

Bennett, as expected, officially left the Bucs on Thursday, signing a reported 1-year, $5 million deal with the Seahawks, a team that’s added several pieces to an already fierce defense.

Bennett was still in South Florida after visiting with the Dolphins when the deal with Seattle was agreed to.

The contract isn’t nearly what most expected for Bennett, one of the more attractive pass rushers on the market and the Bucs’ leading sack man, with nine in 2012. But a shrinking market has forced many players to take what might previously have been considered substandard deals. That includes Bennett’s teammate, former Lions defensive end Cliff Avril, who joined the Seahawks on a two-year contract this week.

The Bucs seemingly made little effort to retain Bennett, taking a passive approach to negotiations with him. The organization chose to put its defensive end spots in the hands of Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers – the latter of whom is expected to assume Bennett’s role of starting left end.

Bennett began his career with the Seahawks in 2009 as an undrafted rookie. He made the team’s final roster, but was released because of needs elsewhere on the roster. That’s when the Bucs picked him up off waivers and watched him flourish in Tampa.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:59pm]


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