Sunday, June 26, 2011
Hitting the NFC South links
By Pat Yasinskas
Some headlines from around the NFC South.
Scott Reynolds has a good overview of how the lack of formal workouts with coaches has impacted the Bucs. The Bucs have a three-day minicamp scheduled this week.
Running back Jerious Norwood said he’s healthy after suffering several injuries the last few seasons. But he’s not sure he’ll end up re-signing with Atlanta.
Atlanta punter Michael Koenen put together a long list of NFL players to help with his annual youth football camp in Washington.
D. Orlando Ledbetter has a wrap-up of Atlanta’s players-only workouts, which ended last week.
Joe Person has five suggestions of things the Panthers need to do coming out of the lockout.
Morten Andersen was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday. It still remains to be seen if the former kicker for the Saints and Falcons will make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s very difficult for kickers to get selected for that. But Andersen is the best-qualified kicker out there and just might have a chance.
Stephen Holder reports that there’s been some talk of allowing teams to use the franchise tag when the league year opens, even though the normal deadline for that is February. He says it’s possible the Bucs could take middle linebacker Barrett Ruud. Possible, but probably a long shot. Tagging Ruud would mean the Bucs will have to pay him about $10 million this season. I’m thinking it’s more likely the Bucs will either sign Ruud to a long-term deal or let him walk in free agency.