How I See It: NFC South Stock Watch

April, 8, 2010
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Falling

Carolina’s expected interest in Jason Campbell. Once the Redskins traded for Donovan McNabb, it became apparent that Campbell has no future in Washington. Just about every media outlet in the world began throwing out possible landing spots for Campbell. That was based on logic. After all, the Panthers want to have some sort of alternative in case Matt Moore doesn’t work out and Campbell is a guy who has some experience, still has upside and probably won’t cost a lot. Carolina pursuing Campbell makes sense to just about everybody, except the Panthers. For whatever reason, the Panthers have done nothing to get involved in this one and it doesn’t sound like that’s going to change. Yes, the Panthers still are going to get another quarterback, but all indications are that it’s not going to be Campbell.

Rising

New Orleans’ defensive line. In the course of just a few days, the Saints have done a nice job of solidifying their defensive front. They signed defensive end Alex Brown to a relatively reasonable (two years for roughly $6 million) deal and defensive tackle/end Anthony Hargrove, whom the Saints feared losing as a restricted free agent, signed his tender. The Saints still might add a defensive lineman or two in the draft, but that’s no longer a big priority. Brown gives the Saints a defensive end who is more consistent than former starter Charles Grant. Hargrove probably could challenge for a starting job next to defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis and he also could probably challenge Brown if the Saints let him focus totally on playing defensive end. But Hargrove might be best as a super sub. His versatility and talent basically gives the Saints a fifth starter on the defensive line.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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