Bucs DE Da’Quan Bowers arrested on gun charge
The third-year pro Da’Quan Bowers was arrested after authorities found a loaded 40 caliber handgun in his carry-on luggage at the check-in counter. The 22-year-old Da’Quan Bowers was set to board a US Airways flight to Raleigh, North Carolina when he was arrested for illegally carrying a handgun, according to a spokesman from the New York Port Authority and Queens District Attorney's office.
The former All-American Da’Quan Bowers is being charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and is scheduled to appear in court later on Monday.
The same charges were previously levied against Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who was arrested in 2008 after his loaded handgun accidentally discharged in a Manhattan night club, resulting in an accidental self-injury due to firearm. Such charges typically carry a minimum 3 ½ years to maximum 15 years in prison. After being tried by a grand jury, Plaxico Burress later accepted a plea deal that reduced his charges to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, totaling a 20 month sentence in prison.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released a statement on Monday, shortly after Da’Quan Bowers’ arrest.
"We are aware of the situation and are gathering information,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik. “We will withhold comment until we know all the facts.”
Da’Quan Bowers was a hot prospect coming out of Clemson, dropped to the second round in the in the 2011 NFL draft due to concern over his knee issues. After being drafted with the 51st overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Da’Quan Bowers started six games in his rookie season, but predominantly remained a backup limited by injuries during his time with team. After suffering a torn Achilles tendon last May, Da’Quan Bowers came off the injured reserve in mid-October, having missed the first six games of the 2012 season. The 6-foot-4, 277-pound Da’Quan Bowers registered 10 tackles, three sacks and a pass defense in the remaining 10 games of the 2012 season. Da’Quan Bowers had 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 26 career appearances for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the last two seasons.
The NFL indicated it was also aware of the matter.
"It will be reviewed under our league policies,” said league spokesman Greg Aiello.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could potentially lose starting defensive end Michael Bennett in free agency, while defensive end Adrian Clayborn is still recovering from a knee injury. So anytime Da’Quan Bowers could miss either due to a prison sentencing or suspension by the league could be a big blow for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team could add depth at the position this offseason or they could agree to cut Michael Bennet a staggering pay check to keep him in-house.