As you probably have heard by now, Tampa Bay DE Da’Quan Bowers was arrested yesterday at LaGuardia Airport on felony handgun charges.
According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, these charges will not be taken lightly, even though Bowers has a clean record.
Meris Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Queens District Attorney’s office, said Bowers will be charged on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon on the second degree — the same charges levied against former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress in 2008. The charges carry a minimum sentence of 3½ years in prison.
Burress, whose gun accidentally discharged in a Manhattan night club, later accepted a plea deal to a lesser charge (attempted criminal possession of a weapon) and served 20 months in prison.
How does this effect the Giants? Read Buc beat writer Ira Kaufman’s tweet
The arrest of Da’Quan Bowers certainly improves the bargaining leverage of Bucs DE Michael Bennett, a pending free agent.
— Ira Kaufman (@IKaufmanTBO) February 19, 2013
John Fennelly, Executive Editor
As we know, Bennett is the brother of Giants TE Martellus Bennett, who has expressed a desire to play on the same team with Michael. If Michael is franchised by Tampa Bay (an $11 million investment), the Giants may have to either place the franchise tag on Martellus (at $6 million) or sign him to a more lucrative deal.
This could throw a monkey wrench in the Giants’ FA strategy. They would lose the ability to franchise another player (such as OT Will Beatty) and have to alter their plans in other areas if they lose him to free agency. Martellus to Tampa is not a far-fetched thought. They are approximately $30 million under the salary cap and will be able to outbid the Giants in the open market.
Then there is a possibility Bennett just takes the Bucs’ offer leaving the Giants in a lurch again for an impact TE.