Sunday, September 2, 2012
Catching up on NFC South roster moves
By Pat Yasinskas
Let’s catch up on a bunch of roster moves around the NFC South.
-- The Carolina Panthers signed veteran defensive tackle Dwan Edwards and released defensive tackle Terrell McClain. Edwards was a second-round pick by Baltimore in 2004 and most recently was with Buffalo. The release of McClain comes as a bit of surprise. He was pressed into starting duty by injuries as a rookie last season and showed some promise. But the move shows the Panthers want more experience to go with veteran Ron Edwards up front.
The Panthers also signed guard Bryant Browning, receiver Lamont Bryant, defensive tackle Nate Chandler, receiver Jared Green, tight end Nelson Rosario, running back Armond Smith and guard Zack Williams to their practice squad.
-- The New Orleans Saints claimed safety Rafael Bush off waivers from the Denver Broncos and waived safety Jonathon Amaya. Isa Abdul-Quddus emerged as New Orleans' top backup safety and Amaya wasn’t much more than a special-teams player. Amaya’s claim to fame was that he came as part of the Reggie Bush trade in 2011.
-- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back D.J. Ware and released cornerback Brandon McDonald. The Bucs already seemed set at running back with Doug Martin, LeGarrette Blount and Michael Smith. Ware has history with offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan from their time together in New York. Makes you wonder if the Bucs might be looking to trade Blount.
The Bucs signed defensive tackle Corvey Irvin guard Julian Vandervelde and guard/center Cody Walllace. They also released defensive tackle Wallace Gilberry and Cody Wallace. The fact that the Bucs still are bringing in guards is a strong sign they haven’t made a firm decision on how they’ll replace Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph, who suffered a season-ending injury.
-- The Falcons signed receiver Drew Davis, tackle Bryce Harris, receiver Marcus Jackson, cornerback Peyton Thompson and defensive tackle Micanor Regis to their practice squad.