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Defensive Line Will Look Different In 2013

March 01, 2013 at 01:21am by Scott   •  5 Comments »

This is how Michael Bennett flies away from Tampa.
So here’s the situation with the defensive line. The Bucs and Roy Miller have stopped negotiating and Miller will head into free agency.

“Roy is excited to see what’s out there for him in free agency,” said his agent, Mike McCartney. “He has a lot to offer after an excellent season, helping a team that was last against the run (in 2011) go to No. 1 against the run last season.”

And the Bucs will not be using the franchise tag on Michael Bennett (or anyone for that matter) and there has been no word of progress on an extension for him. So, the Bucs could be without two of their four starting defensive linemen this season because, hey, when you’ve got the #1 rushing defense in the league, the only way to get better is to switch everything around. Or something.

Miller had a good season and I thought he was getting better, but his departure isn’t going to make me too upset. They need a big, strong guy in the middle to clog everything up and give the linebackers room to work, but they can probably find another one of those at a reasonable price. But Bennett is the team’s leading sacker over the last two years, is still improving and is still young. There may be some good guys that get cut, but that’s a hell of a chance to take. Who is better that has an expiring contract? Michael Johnson? He’s probably a better athlete but I wouldn’t go so far as to say he’s a better player. Osi Umenyiora? The Bucs would be stupid to replace Bennett with a player over 30. The only explanation I’ve got is that they really like Da’Quan Bowers (pending gun charges and all) and they already know Adrian Clayborn is going to be on the right side, so there’s not really room for Bennett. And hey, quality depth on the defensive line is overrated anyway. When have the Bucs ever really been short of good players on the line? I don’t think it has ever happened.

5 Comments to “Defensive Line Will Look Different In 2013”

Matt Price

Matt Price (March 01, 2013 at 03:47am:

I’d like to see them keep Bennett too. I don’t really pay much attention to Miller. But Dominick has also given me a lot of reason to trust his personnel moves. He hasn’t always added good people, but almost no one he’s given up has turned out to be good anywhere else.


mcLovin (March 01, 2013 at 01:07pm:

I still have hopes for Bennett, no talks yet doesn’t mean there aren’t any coming soon, we absolutely need to re-sign him. My hopes are he isn’t all of a sudden thinking he is deserving of top five money and being a diva. Miller was a beast against the run and very blue-collar like, but nothing flashy, we need more splash plays and sacks and he didn’t bring that. Dominik may be looking to add in the draft what he thought he was getting when he drafted Brian Price (Sharif Floyd or Sheldon Richardson). I happened to notice these post times. What are you guys up doing at 1 and 4 in the morning posting? Damn


Meatmaster (March 01, 2013 at 09:31pm:

getting shitty dude what else?


jampersands (March 02, 2013 at 06:45pm:

yeah, Bucs D-lineman has never been anything but rock solid.

Seriously, though, if Miller doesn’t cost much (and I doubt he does), why not keep him?

Only reason I can think is what mcLovin said: Dominik wants a DT from this draft. Which is weird if you already have a serviceable DT, but if you really think its the best way to go/a big upgrade, I guess it could work?

I dunno how getting a new run-stopping DT will help our pass defense…

worker b

worker b (March 03, 2013 at 10:03am:

It’s supposed to be a pretty deep draft for d-linemen, isn’t it? Maybe Dominik feels Miller and Bennett are pricing themselves too high, considering the players available in the draft and on the market. Also, who’s worth drafting at the Bucs position, besides the defensive linemen? The pickings seem slim.

I’d like to see them resign both players, but it might be smartest to wait until after the draft.

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