TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 13: Defensive lineman Michael Bennett #71 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates after a tackle against the Houston Texans November 13, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have done exactly what's necessary to keep their exclusive-rights and restricted free agents: they've offered them tenders. Exclusive-rights free agents Preston Parker and Legarrette Blount have been offered tenders, expected to be valued at $540,000 according to ESPN. Neither player can be signed by another team, and unless they refuse to play under those tenders, both will be with the Buccaneers in 2012.
In addition, the Bucs offered two restricted free agents tenders according to ESPN: defensive end Michael Bennett was offered a first-round tender worth $2.7 million, while offensive tackle Demar Dotson was offered a right-of-first refusal tender worth about $1.26 million. Dotson played mostly as a sixth offensive linemen in the past season, working as an extra run blocker. He was given a chance to play half a game at right tackle in the season finale, and performed reasonably well as a pass blocker, though his run blocking leaves something to be desired.
Michael Bennett had what could be considered a break-out season last year, although the defensive end didn't light up the stat sheet. Despite that he had a number of high-profile sacks, and added some stellar play against the run to that resume. While he suffered injuries, he is absolutely worth bringing back - and should be offered a long-term contract if he can keep up his play next season.