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Buccaneers will not make offer to Michael Bennett

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07:51 PM ET 03.08 | The Michael Bennett era in Tampa Bay ended up being short lived. The defensive end had a breakout 2012 season but he'll be following up his great campaign in a different uniform since the Buccaneers are not expected to make a reasonable offer to Bennett before he hits the open market on Tuesday. There was some hope by Bucs fans that Bennett would be retained but Mark Dominik and the Tampa front office are not willing to surrender the type of money Bennett wants for they type of player he'd be next season. That's not to say Bennett won't be a great player next season, the Buccaneers just envision Bennett as a nickel rusher and don't plan on featuring him heavily at defensive end. Instead, the plan moving forward is to feature Da'Quan Bowers at defensive end as the Bucs are confident he won't miss any games due to his arrest in New York on a gun charge earlier this year.

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March 8, 2013  10:07 PM ET

He was the most dominant player defensively for the Bucs.

March 9, 2013  12:01 PM ET

Da'Quan Bowers will miss Games, you can count on it!!!!!!

 
March 9, 2013  01:31 PM ET

How do they figure he won't do time ?

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