Second-year defensive end Da’Quan Bowers will have to wait a little bit longer to get on the field. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that Bowers recently tore his Achilles tendon while participating in the club’s offseason program. Bowers had surgery the next day, and is currently recovering. The Buccaneers also announced that they signed their second-round pick, Lavonte David, and their kicker Connor Barth to contracts.
This is unfortunate news for the Buccaneers as they are now lacking depth at the defensive end position, which should come as a surprise. The team signed DT Amobi Okoye a while back in order to bolster the interior line, but the end position now lacks depth with Bowers out. I spoke to a source with knowledge of Bowers’ injury, and he told me that it is “fairly likely” that he could end up missing the entire season. The source also mentioned that he expects a recovery time of about eight to nine months, which would put Bowers back on the field in either January or February. Unless the Buccaneers advance to the Super Bowl, his return next season is in jeopardy.
Connor Barth has a new contract as well. The franchise player signed a four-year deal, which will keep Barth in Tampa for the foreseeable future. Barth is the most accurate kicker in Buccaneers history, and re-signing him was a key move, and a solid one at that.
Furthermore, the Buccaneers were also able to sign Lavonte David, their second-round draft pick to a four-year deal. David becomes the fifth draft pick to sign, and two remain unsigned. However, this is rather normal and those signings should occur sooner rather than later. David played linebacker at Nebraska, and is expected to start this season.
The players have completed their first round of OTA’s and will be back in action on June 4.
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