NFC South: Dan Hoch

Saints add four free agents

May, 14, 2012
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After going through their rookie minicamp over the weekend, the New Orleans Saints have announced a series of roster moves.

The team has signed offensive tackle Hutch Eckerson, cornerback Nick Hixson, guard DeOn’tae Pannell and linebacker Lawrence Wilson.

The Saints also waived offensive tackle Dan Hoch, guard Nick Howell, linebacker Stephen Johnson, offensive tackle Phil Trautwein and cornerback Josh Victorian.

Hixson and Pannell are undrafted rookies that were signed after going through the camp on a tryout basis. Eckerson spent training camp with the San Diego Chargers last year before getting released. Wilson was a sixth-round pick by Carolina last year and spent two months on the Panthers practice squad before getting signed away by the Tennessee Titans.

As we told you earlier, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and the New Orleans coordinators are scheduled to review the rookie camp late Monday afternoon when they meet with the local media. We’ll see what Vitt and the assistants have to say and will bring you anything that’s noteworthy.

Morris addresses QB trade talk

August, 26, 2009
8/26/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- There could be even another element to the quarterback situation for the Buccaneers.

The team could be looking to trade one of its quarterbacks for a draft pick. Coach Raheem Morris wouldn't confirm an NFL.com report that the Bucs are shopping three of their quarterbacks for a trade, but he didn't deny it either.

"Oh, man, they're Nostradamus," Morris said when asked about the report. "Everybody in this league, all 32 teams around this time start calling front offices. I can't control who calls us. Everybody's interested in everybody's roster and everybody's looking to nit-pick off everybody's roster. Everybody has talent and you're trying to accumulate the best talent on your football team. That's just all that talk is what that is."

But it makes total sense for the Bucs to at least try to find out what the market value might be for Byron Leftwich, Luke McCown or Josh Johnson. They're not about to let go of rookie Josh Freeman, who they call their franchise quarterback.

But that's likely in the future. For now, it appears the Bucs will open the season with either Leftwich or McCown as their starter. They're about even at this point and a potential trade could play into Morris' decision, although the Bucs likely would be able to get only a late-round pick (at best) for any of their quarterbacks.

Leftwich, a former starter in Jacksonville, probably has more trade value because of his experience. McCown has only seven starts. Johnson, a second-year pro, has yet to play in an NFL game and probably wouldn't bring much in a trade.
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