Friday, July 22, 2011
Hitting the NFC South links
By Pat Yasinskas
Time for a quick trip through the NFC South headlines.
Charlie Campbell reports the Buccaneers are doing their due diligence on Terrelle Pryor in anticipation of the supplemental draft. I’m sure teams around the league have done the same. Does Pryor make some sense in Tampa Bay? Perhaps. He’s got talent and could be viewed as a developmental project. Backup Josh Johnson can become a free agent next year. But I think you’d only see the Bucs take a shot on Pryor if he lasts into the sixth or seventh round.
Carolina owner Jerry Richardson, who suddenly is becoming very chatty, said the proposed rookie wage scale could keep Cam Newton's contract to about half of what top quarterbacks have received in recent years. Richardson also said receiver Steve Smith, who might or might not want a trade, is not at the “forefront’’ of his mind right now. I’m sure that admission sits real well with Smith.
New Orleans rookie running back Mark Ingram reportedly was in a car accident in Alabama early Friday morning. Relax, Saints fans. The report says Ingram walked away uninjured.
Carolina linebacker Nic Harris says his goal is a starting job. That could be a little difficult if the Panthers are able to re-sign James Anderson and Thomas Davis.
Wofford College officials are continuing to plan as if the Panthers will arrive for training camp next week.
Stephen Holder has a projected depth chart for the Buccaneers.
Don’t get your hopes too high for a labor settlement to be done today. NFLPA president Kevin Mawae issued a statement that the players are continuing to review the proposal from the owners. But Mawae also said no other statements will come today out of respect for the Kraft family. Robert Kraft owns the New England Patriots and the funeral for his wife, Myra, is today.