NFC South: Matt Lehr

Refresher on free-agent lists

February, 12, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Another quiet day in the NFC South so far, but that could always change this afternoon as teams get ready for the start of free agency. Speaking of that, I've been getting a lot of people asking for lists of free agents.

I did team-by-team breakdowns back in January but decided to run the lists for all four NFC South teams here just to refresh everybody. Keep in mind, these are the guys who are prospective free agents at the end of the month and things could always change with teams re-signing their own players or using the franchise tag.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Unrestricted free agents: Linebacker Michael Boley, defensive end Chauncey Davis, cornerback Domonique Foxworth, tackle Wayne Gandy, linebacker Tony Gilbert, defensive tackle Grady Jackson, defensive tackle Jason Jefferson, punter Michael Koenen, safety Lawyer Milloy, tight end Justin Peelle and linebacker Coy Wire.

Restricted free agents: Tackle Tyson Clabo, guard Harvey Dahl, safety Jamaal Fudge and center Ben Wilkerson.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Unrestricted free agents: Linebacker Donte' Curry, tackle Jordan Gross, offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner, return man Mark Jones, long-snapper Jason Kyle, tackle Frank Omiyale, defensive end Julius Peppers, linebacker Adam Seward and defensive tackle Darwin Walker.

Restricted free agents: Defensive tackle Gary Gibson, tight end Jeff King, safety Nate Salley and linebacker James Anderson.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Unrestricted free agents: Cornerback Aaron Glenn, quarterback Joey Harrington, receiver Devery Henderson, defensive tackle Antwan Lake, guard Matt Lehr, running back Aaron Stecker, tackle Jon Stinchcomb and linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

Restricted free agents: Guard Jahri Evans, receiver Lance Moore, receiver Courtney Roby, defensive tackle Montavious Stanley and offensive lineman Zach Strief.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Unrestricted free agents: Wide receiver Antonio Bryant, cornerback Phillip Buchanon, defensive end Kevin Carter, receiver Michael Clayton, quarterback Jeff Garcia, receiver Cortez Hankton, defensive tackle Jovan Haye, safety Jermaine Phillips, defensive tackle Ryan Sims and tight end Jerramy Stevens.

Restricted free agent: Tackle Donald Penn.

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

We continue our team-by-team look at potential free agents with the New Orleans Saints.

 Vilma

Unrestricted free agents: Cornerback Aaron Glenn, quarterback Joey Harrington, receiver Devery Henderson, defensive tackle Antwan Lake, guard Matt Lehr, running back Aaron Stecker, tackle Jon Stinchcomb and linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

Restricted free agents: Guard Jahri Evans, receiver Lance Moore, receiver Courtney Roby, defensive tackle Montavious Stanley and offensive lineman Zach Strief.

Overview: The Saints already are projected to be almost $5 million over the cap and that means even keeping their own free agents might be a challenge. But there are several who they have to find a way to keep and the list starts with Vilma. He's their best player on defense and new coordinator Gregg Williams has said he wants to build the defense around Vilma. The Saints will make sure he stays and then move on to the rest of their players.

Stinchcomb is an adequate right tackle and keeping him is also a goal. Henderson is coming off a decent season and the Saints would like to keep him, but there is some depth in the receiving corps so they won't pay him big money. Stecker and Lake also are role players the Saints would like to keep around.

Evans and Moore are restricted free agents, but both are very good and some other teams could be willing to make offers for them.

Saints sit Meachem, David

November, 9, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

ATLANTA -- Couple of interesting pregame notes here at the Georgia Dome.

Wide receiver Robert Meachem and cornerback Jason David highlight New Orleans' inactive list. Meachem, a first-round pick last year, hasn't been able to work his way into significant playing time. Now that the rest of the receiving corps is healthy, he won't even get a uniform. David also was inactive for the Saints' last game. His pass-coverage skills have drawn criticism since he joined the team last year. Also, Matt Lehr will start at center in place of the injured Jonathan Goodwin.

Atlanta's Adam Jennings is the most interesting name on the Falcons' list of inactives. Jennings had been the return man, but was replaced last week. Rookie Harry Douglas is expected to handle punt returns and Jerious Norwood will be the main kickoff returner. Todd Weiner will start at left tackle in place of the injured Sam Baker.

Saints' injury update

October, 24, 2008
10/24/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

LONDON, England -- The Saints likely will have to shuffle their offensive line Sunday against San Diego.

Starting center Jonathan Goodwin is doubtful because of a knee injury, coach Sean Payton said after Friday's practice. Matt Lehr filled in at center after Goodwin was hurt in a loss to Carolina and remains a possible replacement. But the return of Jamar Nesbit from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on steroids and related substances gives the Saints other options.

Rookie Carl Nicks has been starting in Nesbit's spot at left guard. Payton said he would consider putting Nesbit at center.

The Saints already have declared running back Reggie Bush, who is back in New Orleans recovering from knee surgery, out. Defensive tackle Brian Young is questionable. Tight end Jeremy Shockey, cornerback Mike McKenzie, defensive end Will Smith and guard Jahri Evans are probable.

Friday's practice was the final preparation for the game. The Saints, who have been staying about 40 minutes outside London, will move into a hotel in the city tonight.

Nesbit returns from suspension

October, 22, 2008
10/22/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Nesbit

WATFORD, England -- Jamar Nesbit returned to practice Wednesday after serving a four-game suspension, but that doesn't mean he'll instantly return to the starting left guard spot.

Nesbit was suspended for violating the NFL's policy on steroids and related substances. Rookie Carl Nicks played well in Nesbit's absence and there suddenly are some questions on the offensive line. Center Jonathan Goodwin and right guard Jahri Evans missed Wednesday's practice with injuries.

Coach Sean Payton said Nesbit possibly could move to one of those positions if Goodwin or Evans can't play Sunday against Dallas. Matt Lehr filled in at center after Goodwin went down with a knee injury early in last Sunday's loss to Carolina.

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Just when it looked like the Saints were starting to get healthy, injury has struck again.

This time it's center Jonathan Goodwin. He just came out of the game with an injury to his left leg. Backup Matt Lehr has taken his place. That leaves the Saints short on depth on the offensive line.

But there is help on the way. Jamar Nesbit is finishing a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on steroids and related substances. Nesbit is eligible to return to the Saints after today's game and is expected to be with the team in London as practice begins Wednesday for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

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