Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Call It: Best offseason so far?
By Pat Yasinskas
Last Friday, I gave my thoughts on the NFC South winners and losers so far in free agency. I listed the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as winners and the Carolina Panthers as losers.
Let’s be clear that not much was expected out of the Panthers due to their limited salary-cap situation. They had to release veteran cornerback Chris Gamble and their free-agency signings so far have been mostly limited to middle-of-the road defensive backs.
I think the Falcons, who added running back Steven Jackson and retained left tackle Sam Baker and cornerback William Moore, have been the division’s biggest winners so far this offseason. And the Falcons can only enhance that if they finally get around to signing defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
New Orleans’ biggest move so far was the signing of Keenan Lewis, who will upgrade the secondary. But the Saints did lose left tackle Jermon Bushrod via free agency.
I liked Tampa Bay’s signing of safety Dashon Goldson at the start of free agency, but I’m a little surprised that the Bucs, who still have $27 million in salary-cap space, haven’t done more.
Now, it’s your turn to hear your thoughts on which NFC South team is having the best offseason so far. Cast your vote in the attached SportsNation poll and share your logic in the comments section below.