Originally written on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Carolina-panthers-tampa

Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik announced today that the team will not use a franchise or transition tag on any player, including defensive end Michael Bennett. Instead, they appear to be giving the starting spot to Da’Quan Bowers.  “Da’Quan is a guy I thought continued to accelerate his play throughout the end of the season,” Dominik said via the Tampa Bay Times. “The more we can get him on the football field, I think the better we are as a football team.” That’s a bit surprising. Bowers awaits his April court date after being charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon in New York earlier this week. With the uncertainty of Bowers’ future, one would have to wonder if the Buccaneers know a bit more. Several reports quoted the attorney for Da’Quan Bowers saying his client would be exonerated after the charges are investigated fairly. Of course you can’t expect him to say Bowers was charged correctly but perhaps the team knows more to go all in with Bowers at left defensive end and allow Michael Bennett to test free agency. Bennett would have made an estimated $11 million in 2013 with the franchise tag. He lead the team in 2012 with nine sacks. Players within that salary range averaged 11 sacks. Many quickly assumed it was imperative the team made certain Bennett was retained due to the situation with Bowers. Boy were there a lot of people wrong on that one. Could the Bucs have a bigger plan for free agency? Or are they hoping to re-sign Bennett at a lower price? whatever it may be, Bowers was drafted in 2011 to one day become a full time starter. Can’t have him in a second string role forever. The post Buccaneers going all in with Da’Quan Bowers appeared first on The Bay Cave.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Masai Ujiri fires up Raptors fans with expletive

Andre Johnson: Signing with Colts not about revenge

Pete Rose joining FOX as baseball analyst

Josh Hamilton filed for divorce around time of relapse

Isaiah Thomas once peed himself to avoid subbing out

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: ESPN employees want Britt McHenry fired

WATCH: Raptors fans shower Paul Pierce with vulgar taunts

Report: Vikings want first-rounder, starting CB for Peterson

Jarret Stoll arrested for possession of drugs

CJ Wilson: Josh Hamilton’s relapse a ‘tame scenario’

Head coaching candidates for the Denver Nuggets

Sabres GM not happy about losing draft lottery

Yordano Ventura ejected for plunking Brett Lawrie

Five early takeaways from the 2015 MLB season

WATCH: Female Cubs fan catches foul ball in beer cup, chugs it

WATCH: Cardale Jones throws ball 74 yards during contest

Shaka Smart was quite popular at the Texas spring game

Ohio State sets spring game attendance record

WATCH: Bubba Watson raps on Christian rap track

WATCH: Jags mascot wins closest to pin at Sawgrass

Notre Dame wears 'Father Ted' patches during spring game

Five things to watch during the NBA Playoffs

Hanley Ramirez put hole in Green Monster during BP

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Josh Hamilton filed for divorce from wife

Report: McHenry's coworkers want her fired

WATCH: Raptors fans taunt Paul Pierce

Five things to watch in NBA Playoffs

Jarret Stoll busted for drugs

CJ Wilson: Hamilton is 'ready to go'

Leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase preview

Home runs ruined our ability to appreciate production

Why we love the NFL draft

The "worst" player on each NBA playoff team

Jim Harbaugh showed up at Ultimate Frisbee practice

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.