It is time for another weekly NFC South Nuggets, where I belittle poor decisions New Orleans, Carolina and Tampa Bay have made.
The “rebuilding” Carolina Panthers are a whopping $9.6 million over the cap, without even tendering their players. As it turns out, dishing out obscene amounts of money to Charles Johnson and DeAngelo Williams was a terrible idea. Luckily for Carolina, they have so few talented players it should not be too difficult to cut away expensive players. Thomas Davis, who is coming back form his third ACL to the same knee, is likely to either restructure his contract or test the market one year after signing a $36 million contract.
Looking for $60 million, plus? A man has gotta eat!
Carl Nicks, the Saints Pro Bowl guard, is looking for more money than the seven year, $57 million contract awarded to teammate Jahri Evans. It is another week, and the Saints have not signed Drew Brees. If they do not come to an agreement, he will get the franchise tag, and other free agents like Nicks, Marques Colston, Robert Meachum and Tracey Porter are likely to become free agents. I would personally love to see Devery Henderson as the Saints number one wide receiver.
CBS Sports suggests the Saints will need to retool their defense to fit Steve Spagnuolo‘s defense, likely through free agency and the draft. With the Saints missing their first round pick, and having enough trouble resigning their own players, we may see a defense completely lacking the front four that fits Spag’s scheme. For instance, it is widely believed that the Saints first pick last year, Cam Jordan, will have to move his inability to rush the passer to defensive tackle.
Tampa has signed Chase Coffman, formerly of the Bengals, but currently of terrible bust status. As a sign of the health of an organization, taking cast offs from Cincinnati puts you somewhere around the “terminal” stage.
Along the lines of questionable decisions, Tampa also signed LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper. Tampa has been sniffing around a number of college position coaches, and are likely hoping to be ranked in the first AP Top 25 College Football poll. Some have suggested this increases the chance of the Bucs taking Morris Claiborne out of LSU fifth overall in the upcoming draft. Tampa’s current starting cornerbacks are Ronde Barber, estimated at 63 years old, and Aqib Talib, charged was with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after firing a gun at his sister’s boyfriend. Seriously.