Monday, July 25, 2011

NFC South Free Agency Outlooks

Everyone in this division seems completely turn themselves around in one year, so that means that Cam Newton is going to lead the Panthers to the promise land this year! Seriously though, here are some predictions that have a better chance of being correct.

Atlanta Falcons Top Needs: Offensive Line, Defensive Line
Top Targets: Atlanta made the sexy trade during the draft to acquire Julio Jones, so I don't think that the new salary cap will be free agent friendly for the Falcons. Look for the Falcons to make more low key signings like Doug Free if Dallas makes a mistake and lets him hit the market. Perhaps the Falcons make a run at Charles Johnson to help John Abraham get to opposing teams quarterbacks.

Carolina Panthers Top Needs: Defensive Line, Wide Receiver
Top Targets: I am on record saying that the Panthers made a huge mistake not taking defensive tackle Marcel Dareus first overall in this year's draft. Instead, they opted for the overhyped Cam Newton who may or may not translate to the NFL. Now, the Panthers are looking at having one of the worst defenses in the NFL if they lose Charles Johnson that will allow opposing teams to tee off on Cam Newton in obvious passing situations. It's a good thing that Newton knows how to run for his life. The Panthers can target anyone and it would be an improvement. No need to list individuals. First priority should be to re-sign Charles Johnson.

New Orleans Saints Top Needs: Linebacker, Safety
Top Targets: Before New Orleans addresses its needs, they need to first deal with Reggie Bush. Depending on whether or not they can rework his contract or if he eventually gets cut, Darren Sproles may become a nice target for the Saints. Regardless, the Saints do need to shore up what was a "Snookie on Bourbon Street" sloppy defense. Guys like Rocky McIntosh and Clint Session are names that might pop up on New Orleans' radar.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Top needs: Offensive Line, Defensive Backs
Top Targets: Re-signing guard Davin Joseph could go a long way towards solidifying Tampa Bay's offensive line, but Doug Free could also be an option for Tampa. Ike Taylor, Johnathan Joseph, and Richard Marshall could be guys to help in both coverage and against the run.

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