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Why Michael Bennett didn't give Bucs chance to match

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09:40 AM ET 03.16 | Defensive end Michael Bennett's decision to sign a one-year, $5 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks late Thursday caught a lot of Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans by surprise. It might have caught the Bucs by surprise, too. After saying at late as Tuesday he would give Tampa Bay a chance to better any offer he received on the open market, Bennett opted not to go back to the Bucs before signing with Seattle. "They acted like they didn't want me, so no, I didn't go back to them,'' Bennett told The Tribune on Friday. The depressed market for defensive ends -- Bennett was hoping for a long-term deal worth nearly twice what he signed for -- and the Bucs' attitude toward him sparked his decision to sign with the Seahawks. "This is the best place for me right now,'' he said. "It gives me the opportunity that I wanted to be able to do something and just make it better for me (in free agency) for next year.''

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March 16, 2013  09:53 AM ET

Money Talks, Bro.

March 16, 2013  10:49 AM ET

He's going to love Seattle!!!!!

March 16, 2013  11:11 AM ET

He didn't feel the love, so he took the money

March 16, 2013  11:15 AM ET

Hawks getting deeper in defensive depth. Anyone drafted is gonna have a tough time making this team.

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March 16, 2013  01:00 PM ET

Ya know, its nice to see a player "stick" it to a team every now and again

 
March 16, 2013  07:45 PM ET

Seattle is looking like it's a force to be reckoned with.

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