I know, I know, it is somewhat premature to predict things. I still don’t think I spoke too soon when I posted an article regarding the Bucs being a new team, but I think Bucs’ fans would agree they have taken a few hits since the draft. First, Da”quan Bowers, the Bucs second round pick in the 2011 draft suffered a torn Achilles in offseason workouts. Bowers ceiling was about as high as a Julius Peppers, but their were big question marks with his knee’s out of Clemson. Prior to last year’s draft, Bowers was being talked about among the top 5 prospects save for the knee issues. You hate to see this. If healthy, Bowers is a force, and a definite starter at end for the Bucs. They do have a lot of talent on defense with or without him, but you’re crazy if you don’t want Da’quan lining up on your side.
Since Bowers went down a few days ago, the Bucs’ biggest offensive threat in recent years, Kellen Winslow, will be traded. Winslow, a University of Miami product, has three years remaining on his current contract and is due $3.3 million this season. Winslow has tallied over 700 receiving yards three seasons in a row. Winslow has been slowed by knee injuries himself, basically his whole career- making him a very old 28. Since signing his monster 6 year, $36 million contract in February 2009, he has spent the last three seasons with the Bucs. The additions of Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson would reduce Kellen Winslow’s touches and now he is on the market. Interestingly enough, Dallas Clark is reportedly the likely replacement for Winslow. Different tight ends, yes, but Clark is probably more effective and is more experienced. There isn’t much of a drop off, if any, if the Bucs do go through with this. I still can’t wrap my head around why Dallas Clark isn’t in a Broncos uniform though. Anyways, this is the NFC South section, not the AFC West.