Seahawks DE Michael Bennett didn't allow Buccaneers to match offer

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Tampa Bay had no chance to match the contract offered by Seattle.

The Seattle Seahawks are trying to win a Super Bowl right now and added to their roster by picking up defensive end Michael Bennett, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on a one-year, $5 million deal.

What's surprising is Bennett did not even give Tampa Bay a chance to match the offer, signing immediately with Seattle, according to Pro Football Talk.

"They acted like they didn’t want me, so no, I didn’t go back to them," Bennett said.

"I just didn’t feel any love from them at all," Bennett said. "And that’s kind of disappointing, because for a team that you put everything you had into for four years to do that, you’re just kind of, ‘OK, whatever.’

"You do everything you can to grow as a player and get better as a player and you prove yourself over and over again for them, but I guess that’s just who they are."

Bennett will be part of a rotation for Pete Carroll and the Seahawks, as they already signed defensive end Cliff Avril to a two-year contract this offseason and have Chris Clemons already on the team.

In his four seasons in the NFL - all with the Buccaneers - Bennett has improved with each one. He has seen his sack totals rise form one in each of his first two campaigns to four in 2011 and nine last year. His tackles have also risen to a career-high 41 in 2012, making him a very attractive free agent on the market.

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