Bucs made wrong call on Michael Bennett

January, 13, 2014
Jan 13
12:02
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TAMPA, Fla. -- As long as we're talking about former Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the playoffs (like we did with LeGarrette Blount), let's talk about Michael Bennett.

Bennett
He's the defensive end the Bucs let walk into free agency last spring. He signed with Seattle and you probably know the rest of the story. If you haven't heard, Bennett had a huge game in Seattle's playoff victory against New Orleans. Bennett had six tackles, including one for a loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, a quarterback hurry and shared a sack with Cliff Avril.

In the case of Blount, I think the Bucs made the right move by letting him go. In the case of Bennett, I think the Bucs made a big mistake.

At the time, the thinking was Da'Quan Bowers was ready to be an every-down defensive end. But that never happened. Former coach Greg Schiano never felt comfortable enough to give Bowers much playing time and the Bucs didn't have much of a pass rush from their defensive ends.

But, hey, the good news is Bennett is slated to become a free agent again. Maybe the Bucs will go out and bring him back.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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