NFC South: Herana-Daze Jones

You may have seen the news story earlier about how more than 200 players could lose their status as unrestricted free agents in 2010 if a new labor deal isn’t reached.

I’ve obtained the entire list of players that could be impacted by this. Instead of becoming unrestricted free agents they would become restricted free agents, meaning their current teams could match any offer or receive draft-pick compensation. That's why we haven't seen a lot of clubs re-signing their own players recently. Here’s the breakdown for each NFC South team.

Atlanta Falcons: Tyson Clabo, Harvey Dahl, Jamaal Fudge, Michael Koenen, Jerious Norwood, Quinn Ojinnaka and Charlie Peprah.

Carolina Panthers: James Anderson, Thomas Davis, Jeff King, Richard Marshall and Rob Petitti.

New Orleans Saints: Mike Bell, Jammal Brown, Jahri Evans, Anthony Hargrove, Roman Harper, Herana-Daze Jones, Lance Moore, Courtney Roby, Zach Strief, David Thomas and Leigh Torrence.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mark Bradley, Brian Clark, Matt McCoy, Donald Penn, Barrett Ruud, Maurice Stovall, Jeremy Trueblood, Carnell (“Cadillac’’) Williams and Rod Wilson.

Saints settle on Hartley as kicker

December, 22, 2009
Just sent a story over to our news side on the Saints cutting kicker John Carney.

This is really not a big surprise because it seemed unlikely the Saints would carry two kickers on their postseason roster, even though they had been doing it all season. The release of the veteran Carney is confirmation the Saints are committed to Garrett Hartley, who has taken over the kicking duties in the last three games.

Hartley had been targeted to be the kicker for the entire season. But the Saints went out and signed Carney when they learned in August that Hartley would be suspended for the first four games for taking a banned substance that he said was a stimulant to keep him awake during a long drive.

Even after Hartley was reinstated, the Saints took the conservative approach and stayed with Carney. But coach Sean Payton implied that Hartley was outkicking Carney in the weeks leading into the switch.

The Saints made a couple of other roster moves Tuesday, signing fullback Kyle Eckel, who appeared in five games for them earlier in the year, and safety Herana-Daze Jones, who previously has been with the Bengals and Broncos.