Da'Quan Bowers spends part of the offseason playing lead guitar in a gospel band. But guess who is singing praises of the Bucs' third-year defensive end?

General manager Mark Dominik says he believes a healthy Bowers can be among the NFL's premier pass rushers. For that reason as much as any, Tampa Bay won't use its franchise or transition tag on any player, particularly defensive end Michael Bennett, who becomes a free agent March 12.

"Da'Quan is a guy I thought continued to accelerate his play throughout the end of the season,'' Dominik said. "The more we can get him on the football field, I think the better we are as a football team. Certainly, that's part of the thought process going forward with our entire football team, hopefully getting Adrian Clayborn back and 100 percent healthy and then be able to pair him with a guy like Da'Quan who we feel can be a premier left end in this league.''