Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik would like to have free-agent left defensive end Michael Bennett back for next year, but only at the Bucs' price. And that price does not include the cost of either the franchise or transition tag. "We're not going to use the franchise or transition tag on any player on our roster this year,'' Dominik said. Bennett is arguably the Bucs' top unrestricted free agent. A staunch run stopper, he also led the team with 9-1/2 sacks in 2012, his fourth season out of Texas A&M and second as a starter. Dominik could keep him off the open market by putting the $10.984-million franchise tag or $8.994-million transition tag on him, but his unwillingness to do so suggests the value he has on Bennett is less than those figures. Dominik informed Bennett's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, of his intentions during a face-to-face meeting Friday, but Dominik is hopeful he can keep Bennett and some of Tampa Bay's other free agents from reaching the marketplace. The team has $30.1 million in salary cap space approaching the start of the free-agency signing period on March 12.
Buccaneers will not use franchise tag on DE Bennett
Tampa Tribune | Feb 23