The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, the team announced today, confusing fans everywhere.
Bowers was the team's second-round pick in 2011 after rumors that he was considered as the first overall pick in the draft. That never happened, in part because of a knee injury that was apparently fairly serious. Bowers never lived up to that promise, getting just seven sacks in 50 games. Bowers flashed occasionally, but never did more than that, and his playing time decreased throughout his tenure.
While Bowers is listed at defensive end, he was actually best at defensive tackle last year -- and was frequently used there at the end of the season. That versatility along with his explosiveness could help him make the roster, but he's going to have to be significantly better than he was last year to do so. The competition at defensive tackle is ridiculously heavy right now, and even at defensive end the Bucs have a lot of players who looked better than Bowers did last year.
Still, at least the 2011 draft isn't a total loss yet. Bowers and Luke Stocker are the only two players from the Bucs' draft class that year still on the roster.