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Buccaneers’ Da’Quan Bowers arrested on gun charge at LaGuardia Airport

Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was arrested for carrying a gun at New York’s LaGuardia Airport Monday. He was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and posted a $10,000 bond.

Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia after police discovered he was illegally carrying a loaded .40 caliber handgun in his carry-on luggage while at the check-in counter. He was reportedly scheduled to be on a US Airways flight to Raleigh, N.C.

A second-round draft pick in 2011, Bowers played in 10 games and recorded three sacks in 2012.

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Former Giants star Plaxico Burress was arrested on the same charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 3½ years in prison, after he accidentally shot himself in a nightclub in 2008. He pled to a lesser charge and served 20 months in prison.

Big hits coming?

The Saints will ask linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith, two players at the center of the bounty scandal, to restructure their contracts, according to a report on ESPN.com, which cited league sources. Smith is scheduled to make $10.15 million for 2013, while Vilma is on the books for $6 million in the final year of his deal. If the players are unwilling to restructure, they could be cap casualties. As of Friday, the Saints were about $13.5 million over the salary cap, but that was before linebacker Curtis Lofton restructured his contract. The Saints must be below the cap by March 12.

Flacco talks on tap

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Ravens and Joe Linta, the agent for unrestricted free agent quarterback Joe Flacco, will meet in Indianapolis this week to start negotiating a new contract for the Super Bowl MVP . . . Southern Cal’s Matt Barkley, projected by many to be the top quarterback taken in April’s draft but not a sure first-rounder, will not throw at this week’s Scouting Combine. Barkley, who suffered a separated shoulder late last season “will not be throwing or participating in any on-field testing components,’’ his agents wrote in a statement sent to teams on Monday. He will throw at USC’s Pro Day March 27 . . . The Bills are expected to hold contract talks in a bid to re-sign safety Jairus Byrd within the next week, a person familiar with the status of negotiations told the Associated Press. The person said there have previously been no formal negotiations between the Bills and Byrd, who can become an unrestricted free agent next month . . . The Chiefs signed former Vikings safety Husain Abdullah, who gave up football last season to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, in an attempt to add depth to their defensive backfield. A practicing Muslim, Abdullah turned down a contract offer from Minnesota to speak at mosques across the country along with his brother, former Cardinals defensive back Hamza Abdullah . . . The Packers released center Jeff Saturday, a 14-year veteran. The longtime Colt was benched late last season in favor of Evan Dietrich-Smith.

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