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July 27, 2011 @ 6:01 pm
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Bowers Inks 4-Year Deal, Becomes Latest Draft Pick To Sign

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Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, Tampa Bay's 2011 second-round pick, becomes the fourth rookie in this year's draft class to sign with Tampa Bay. Bowers signed a four-year deal with the Bucs.

The Buccaneers announced the signing of the team's 2011 second-round draft pick Da'Quan Bowers on Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Bowers, a junior defensive end from Clemson, becomes the fourth member of Tampa Bay's 2011 draft class to be signed, following Tuesday's announcement of middle linebacker Mason Foster, a third-round pick from Washington, and tight end Daniel Hardy, a seventh-round pick from Idaho, and last night's news that first-round pick Adrian Clayborn, a defensive end from Iowa, was also under contract.

Bowers was originally tabbed to be a  favorite to become the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2011 before having offseason knee surgery. He was slow to recover from that surgery and some teams downgraded and red-flagged his condition, fearing long-term damage to his knee. That caused his draft stock to freefall and the Bucs capitalized on it by making him their second-round pick. Bowers led Clemson and the nation in sacks (15.5) and tackles for loss (26) last year. In his three-year career with the Tigers, Bowers had 19.5 sacks and 44.5 tackles for loss.

After getting a clean bill of health from Bucs doctors, Bowers is expected to participate in training camp on opening day and be the team’s starting left defensive end in the season opener against Detroit on September 11. The big, rangy defensive end stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 280 pounds, and has an explosive first step and strong hands that allow him to control the edge against the run and beat right tackles en route to the quarterback.

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    Welcome big man to the Team. The easy part is over. We know you were a beast in college, now show us you are good and healthy and kick some but in camp.
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    it is still a shame that we got arguably the best player in the draft and madden shafts him because he got "offseason surgery"?
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    I do wish we were a bit more active in free agency, but I am so happy that we are getting our draft picks signed....They are the key to our team, and I loved this draft, maybe even more than last year....But if we could get 1 elite CB, or an OT, that would be great....but I can't complain, go Bucs!
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    So glad to see him sign. We should have all the pieces of the puzzle done for the Defense except to add a good CB to replace Talib who will have some kind ofmultiple game suspension. Go Bucs!
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    Im more excited about Bowers than the rest of our draft picks combined. Im not saying this as a fan, but this guy could seriously put up double digit sacks his rookie season. I really think Bowers will make us forget about Simeon Rice..
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    I wonder how many gm's are kicking themselves? The words "clean bill of health" can cost some jobs out there.
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    Has the chance to be one of the best steals of all time.
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    Happy that this guy is healthy and ready to go. Signed, Sealed and now it's time to deliver.
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    Yeah!!!! Keep it going boys and get them signed.
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