(AUDIO) Michael Bennett Says the Bucs Never Offered Him a Contract to Stay
Former Bucs defensive end, Super Bowl champion with the Seattle Seahawks and current free agent Michael Bennett joined Booger and Rich to talk about his upcoming offseason.
Bennett said that when he signed with the Seahawks last offseason it wasn’t because he wanted to get away from Greg Schiano. Bennett wanted a change of scenery. He said the biggest difference between Pete Carroll and Greg Schiano is that Carroll let his players be themselves.
According to Bennett, the Bucs never officially offered him a new contract. They discussed the numbers, but the paper never got to Bennett. Bennett told Booger and Rich that he would’ve stayed in Tampa if the contract had been offered. He wasn’t feeling the love from the Bucs and said it felt like a slap in the face that they tore the defensive line apart.
Bennett is set to be a free agent this offseason and said that if the price is right, he wouldn’t turn down an offer from the Buccaneers. He said the Bucs have a great defensive line right now with guys like Adrian Clayborn and Gerald McCoy. Right now, he just looking to sign with a good team that can win. To him, winning is the most important component in his decision to sign with a team.
With NFL draft prospect Michael Sam coming out as gay, Bennett said he will be accepted. If he plays well, no one will bother him Bennett said.