The Tampa Bay Times reports that "multiple teams have been in contact" with Bennett's camp, all but assuring that our fifth-ranked free-agent pass rusher will play as a hot property on the open market.
Bennett has put on a show over the past seasons as a complete three-down end in Tampa's 4-3 defense. It's surprising the Bucs aren't making a stronger play for him after clearly outplaying the vast majority of his teammates -- especially Da'Quan Bowers.
Bennett accounted for nine sacks last season, but Tampa Bay's coaching staff sees him more as a pass rusher in the nickel package. They chose not to use the franchise tag on the 27-year-old, but another team will make Bennett a very wealthy man.
Bennett was helped by top-flight end Michael Johnson's franchise-tag designation from the Cincinnati Bengals. Even with Cliff Avril on the market along with Osi Umenyiora, John Abraham and Dwight Freeney, Bennett is going to find work on a team ready to appreciate what he brings.
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