Thursday, February 14, 2013
NFC South evening update
By Pat Yasinskas
Time to take a run through some odds and ends from around the division:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Pete Prisco tops his list of under-the-radar free agents with Arizona cornerback Greg Toler. In a year when there aren’t a lot of big-name cornerbacks available (and those that are come with question), Toler is a guy worth keeping an eye on. The Bucs have a desperate need at cornerback. They need to add several and they aren’t all going to come through the draft.
There has been some previous talk about a reunion of the Bennett brothers before and this will fuel it more. Martellus Bennett, the tight end for the Giants, tweeted that he would like to stay in New York. But he added that his next choice would be to play with his brother Michael, who has been with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but can also become an unrestricted free agent. The Bucs are likely to make a strong attempt to keep Michael Bennett. They also could be in the market for a tight end if they don’t re-sign Dallas Clark, and Martellus Bennett could be a nice fit.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
The Saints have re-signed safety Rafael Bush, tight end Michael Higgins and guard Eric Olsen. This was a mere formality. All three were exclusive-rights free agents and didn’t have any alternative. But this shows the Saints’ front office is hard at work and that means some moves to free up more than $20 million in salary-cap space will be coming soon.
Bryan Strickland writes that the recent signing of Colin Cole doesn’t mean the Panthers will ignore defensive tackle in the draft. Cole hasn’t played in the NFL since 2010. If he gives the Panthers anything at all, it’s a bonus. Defensive tackle still remains one of this team’s biggest needs and the Panthers better address it in the draft.
Owner Arthur Blank will serve as honorary chairman Saturday when the Black College Football Hall of Fame holds its annual enshrinement.