Monday, March 8, 2010
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
The Saints, who have been very quiet so far in free agency, have scheduled a visit for defensive end Leonard Little. This one’s a little curious because Little is 35 and, at best, might be a situational pass-rusher. If the Saints sign him, it’s likely to be a small contract and they’ll still be looking for more help at defensive end.
Last week, I told you about a very special gathering with legendary former Tampa Tribune sports editor Tom McEwen. Tom writes about the function here. Tom ends the column by thanking all of those who worked for him back in the day. I think I speak for all of us when saying, Tom, the pleasure was ours.
Former Tampa Bay safety Will Allen has signed with Pittsburgh. The Bucs didn’t have any real interest in keeping Allen, although they do have needs at safety. But they’ll likely address that in the draft or with a younger free agent.
Nothing official on the potential trade of Atlanta cornerback Chris Houston to Detroit yet, but the two sides reportedly are still talking.
Former New Orleans defensive end Charles Grant and current tight end Jeremy Shockey are suing former Saints long-snapper Kevin Houser over an investment deal gone bad.
Daniel Cox points out that general manager Thomas Dimitroff has a history of making one or two big moves in free agency a year. In 2008, it was Michael Turner. Last year, it was Mike Peterson (and a trade for Tony Gonzalez). I think Cox is spot on when he says Dunta Robinson is this year’s big move and the Falcons now will focus on mid-level free agents and the draft.