NFC South: Matt Reynolds

Just a quick note to let you know we’re still waiting on official announcements from the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and -- to a lesser degree -- the Carolina Panthers on what moves they have made to get down their rosters down to 53 players.

As of the moment, the Atlanta Falcons are the only NFC South team to announce their roster moves. I’ll bring you our cutdown analysis on the Saints and Buccaneers as soon as their moves are announced.

The Panthers did something I’ve never seen before. They made a partial announcement. The team said it has waived receiver Seyi Ajirotutu, cornerback Darius Butler, receiver Jared Green, linebacker David Nixon, defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo, running back Tauren Poole, offensive tackle Matt Reynolds, cornerback R.J. Stanford, defensive lineman Ryan Van Bergen and linebacker Kion Wilson.

The Panthers still have to clear 12 more roster spots.

A few other items worth noting as we wait (and wait):

Joseph Person reports that Carolina wide receiver Armanti Edwards will make it through this round of cuts.

Stephen Holder reports that Tampa Bay receiver Tiquan Underwood has been told he’s being released.

Mike Triplett reports that it appears as if New Orleans undrafted running back Travaris Cadet will make the roster.
If I had to pick one undrafted rookie to make an NFC South roster right now, it would be Tampa Bay offensive lineman Desmond Wynn.

That’s because the Bucs obviously thought very highly of Wynn when they signed him. I just got a look at the contract details for all the NFC South undrafted rookie free agents and Wynn’s $15,000 signing bonus was easily the highest. That might have something to do with the fact Wynn played for coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers.

A lot of undrafted rookies got a signing bonus of $1,000 or $2,000 and a fair amount got no signing bonus at all. But, as he’s been known to do at times in the past, Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik handed out several signing bonuses that were well above the league average. Offensive lineman Bradley Sowell got $10,000, offensive lineman Mike VanDerMeulen got $8,000, cornerback Leonard Johnson got $7,500, safety Tramain Thomas got $7,000 and fullback Cody Johnson got $5,000.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the division and see which other undrafted rookies got at least $5,000 to sign.

The Falcons gave out only one signing bonus of $5,000 and that went to defensive end Louis Nzegwu.

The Saints gave running back Travaris Cadet, offensive lineman Brian Folkerts, offensive lineman Aderious Simmons and safety Johnny Thomas each a $5,000 signing bonus.

The Panthers gave receivers Jared Green and Rico Wallace each $7,500. Defensive tackle Nate Chandler got $6,000. Offensive linemen Will Blackwell and Matt Reynolds each signed for $5,000.

Around the NFC South

May, 15, 2012
Time for a look at the top Tuesday morning headlines from around the NFC South.
  • The NFL Players Association's grievance against the NFL in the Saints’ bounty situation will be heard Wednesday by an arbitrator. If that doesn’t work, the Louisiana Legislature has passed a resolution to ask the NFL to lighten the penalties against the Saints.
  • The Saints’ staff came away from rookie camp particularly impressed with the performances of receiver Nick Toon, a fourth-round pick, and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, a third-round pick.
  • At least one person believes the Carolina Panthers found a huge steal in undrafted BYU offensive tackle Matt Reynolds.
  • The Falcons continue to shuffle their personnel department after Les Snead left to become general manager in St. Louis and took along a couple members of the scouting department. The Falcons have promoted Lionel Vital to associate director of player personnel. The Falcons also promoted scouts Bob Kronenberg and Anthony Robinson.
  • We all know the Panthers were horrible on special teams last season. Joseph Person has an overview of all the things the Panthers have done to try to improve in that area.
  • The Buccaneers are ready to begin the most intense phase of their offseason workouts. They’ll be on the field a bit later Tuesday morning and I’ll be heading out to One Buccaneer Place to provide some observations.
  • Tampa Bay kicker Connor Barth, who has been carrying the franchise tag, tweeted Monday night that he was on his way to Tampa and planned to join his teammates Tuesday. That’s a pretty strong sign Barth may have agreed to a long-term deal or, at very least, plans to sign his franchise tag.
The Carolina Panthers just announced they have agreed to terms with 12 undrafted rookie free agents.

Here’s the list: