Tuesday, April 2, 2013
NFC South afternoon update
By Pat Yasinskas
Time for an afternoon run through some odds and ends from around the division:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Cornerback Eric Wright reportedly met with coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik, which could clear the way for him to stay with a restructured contract. Don't look for this to put an end to talk of a trade for Darrelle Revis. The Bucs need all the help they can get at cornerback.
The team officially announced the signing of receiver Steve Smith (not the one of Carolina fame) and four others that previously were reported. Smith has had some injury problems in recent years, but he had a productive run with the New York Giants. Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan used to be with the Giants. Smith should get a chance to compete with Kevin Ogletree and Tiquan Underwood for the third receiver spot.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Mike Triplett has a list of five potential draft picks for the Saints. They’re all defensive guys, which makes plenty of sense because the Saints had so many problems on defense last season. But I have to wonder if the Saints would take a left tackle in the first round after losing Jermon Bushrod.
Tracy Porter won’t be re-uniting with the Saints. Although he visited with his former team last week, Porter signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders.
Jonathan Jones takes a look at who some of the experts have the Panthers taking in mock drafts. The one name that’s intriguing to me is North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. He’s not one of the big names, but there seems to be a growing buzz that he could sneak into the first round.
Receiver Kerry Meier will be one of 23 current or former NFL players to participate in the NFL Business Management Business Management Entrepreneurial “Investment for Impact” program at Notre Dame later this month. Injuries have limited Meier’s career, but I still think he’s a guy the Falcons believe can be a contributor as a backup receiver and special-teams player.