Bennett, Bowers And The Defensive End SlotFebruary 27th, 2013
Yes, when Bucs defensive end Da’Quan Bowers got collared in New York for packing heat in LaGuardia Airport, one of the worst places in the nation to be pinched with a loaded rod, many Bucs fans believed the arrest and possible incarceration of Bowers would force Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik’s hand to make moves at the defensive end position.
A like-minded Bucs fan raised this subject in a recent BSPN NFC South chat.
MJ (Palm Beach, FL)
Pat,With the unfortunate circumstances of Bowers mistake, does it now almost guarantee Bennett will be a Buc whether it be the franchise tag or a long-term deal? Also, does this scenario help us create a brotherly family reunion in Tampa?
I think they already had planned to make a hard push to re-sign Bennett. And, yes, it could help put his brother in Tampa Bay.
Now Dominik is on record as saying it would be naive to think Bowers’ arrest wouldn’t have the Bucs performing a second review of their draft plans. Joe thinks there’s no need to make a rash decision when one doesn’t need to be made (yet).
There is little to no evidence to suggest Bowers will miss any time in the 2013 season, unless it’s at the hands of the NFL’s long arm of the law,
warden commissioner Roger Goodell. Like Goodell did with cabbie-slugging, helmet-wielding, pistol-whipping Aqib Talib, Goodell likely will wait to decide Bowers’ suspension fate until after Bowers goes to trial, if he goes to trial. It’s unlikely Bowers would have his fate sealed by a jury before 2014..
It is still unknown how this charge will shake out. Bowers may not have to serve any sentence in a New York cage. Only time will tell.
Besides, Joe has gone on record many, many times saying Dominik likely will pull the trigger — pun unintended — with the 13th overall draft pick on a defensive end, if he’s one the Bucs think can make an immediate impact.
If there is a winner in all of this, it may be Bennett, though Joe is confident Dominik won’t spend much more cash on the free agent than is already budgeted.