Saturday, March 23, 2013
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
It’s a pretty quiet Saturday morning in the NFC South. But let’s take a run through the headlines that are out there:
Adam Schefter reports the Falcons hope to have defensive end Osi Umenyiora signed by the end of the weekend. The Falcons have been very deliberate in their moves this offseason, so I’m not planning on going too far off the grid this weekend, in case a Umenyiora deal comes down. If it does, the Falcons will have their pass-rusher, and cornerback will be their lone remaining hole.
Although it looked like he might be headed elsewhere, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards reportedly re-signed with the Panthers on Friday night. He’s a strong interior pass-rusher, and his return should help Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy on the outside.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Free-agent linebacker Victor Butler concluded his visit to New Orleans without a contract. It’s unclear if the Saints are still in the mix, but Butler reportedly has a visit with Cleveland scheduled for Monday.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
The Bucs basically are starting from scratch at cornerback, which makes you wonder why Myron Lewis is still on the roster. He’s been a bust. But Scott Reynolds writes Lewis will get one more training camp with the team because he still has upside, and the Bucs hope that new secondary coach Tony Oden can help Lewis reach his potential. Anything is possible, but I think that’s a lot to expect from a guy that hasn’t shown many positives. In other words, the Bucs better continue their search for more cornerbacks through a trade, free agency and the draft.