NFC South: Nelson Rosario

Catching up on NFC South roster moves

September, 2, 2012
Let’s catch up on a bunch of roster moves around the NFC South.

-- The Carolina Panthers signed veteran defensive tackle Dwan Edwards and released defensive tackle Terrell McClain. Edwards was a second-round pick by Baltimore in 2004 and most recently was with Buffalo. The release of McClain comes as a bit of surprise. He was pressed into starting duty by injuries as a rookie last season and showed some promise. But the move shows the Panthers want more experience to go with veteran Ron Edwards up front.

The Panthers also signed guard Bryant Browning, receiver Lamont Bryant, defensive tackle Nate Chandler, receiver Jared Green, tight end Nelson Rosario, running back Armond Smith and guard Zack Williams to their practice squad.

-- The New Orleans Saints claimed safety Rafael Bush off waivers from the Denver Broncos and waived safety Jonathon Amaya. Isa Abdul-Quddus emerged as New Orleans' top backup safety and Amaya wasn’t much more than a special-teams player. Amaya’s claim to fame was that he came as part of the Reggie Bush trade in 2011.

-- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back D.J. Ware and released cornerback Brandon McDonald. The Bucs already seemed set at running back with Doug Martin, LeGarrette Blount and Michael Smith. Ware has history with offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan from their time together in New York. Makes you wonder if the Bucs might be looking to trade Blount.

The Bucs signed defensive tackle Corvey Irvin guard Julian Vandervelde and guard/center Cody Walllace. They also released defensive tackle Wallace Gilberry and Cody Wallace. The fact that the Bucs still are bringing in guards is a strong sign they haven’t made a firm decision on how they’ll replace Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph, who suffered a season-ending injury.

-- The Falcons signed receiver Drew Davis, tackle Bryce Harris, receiver Marcus Jackson, cornerback Peyton Thompson and defensive tackle Micanor Regis to their practice squad.

Around the NFC South

May, 30, 2012
A look at the top headlines from around the NFC South.
  • Chris Mortensen reports that the NFL Players Association has asked an arbitrator to officially determine if New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has been hit with the franchise tag for a second time. Brees carried the franchise tag in San Diego in 2005, but the union wants to know if that counts after a new collective bargaining agreement was reached last summer. Brees currently is carrying this year’s franchise tag. The decision as to whether this is his first or second tag is fairly significant going forward because it could be the difference between a 122 percent and 144 percent increase in compensation if it turns out that Brees is hit with a third franchise tag in 2013.
  • New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson wrote a letter to the owner of the Times-Picayune (and copied the governor of Louisiana and the mayor of the city) asking the company to reconsider its decision to publish the newspaper only three days a week and focus on the digital side of its business. Seems like the Saints are appealing everything these days. As someone who spent a lot of years working for newspapers, I’m sympathetic to Benson’s basic idea. But, from a business standpoint, I don’t think Benson’s plea will make a bit of difference. The business model for daily newspapers hasn’t been working for a long time. Expressing emotion for loyalty and civic pride is nice, but businesses aren’t going to keep doing something that doesn’t make money. Benson might be better off using his time figuring out a way to get Brees signed to a long-term deal.
  • As we’ve noted several times in the past, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan has spent the offseason adding some bulk. That’s not a bad idea. The Falcons have been talking since last offseason about how they’d like to throw more deep balls. A bigger and stronger Ryan might be able to buy a little more time in the pocket. Then again, better play by the offensive line wouldn’t force a quarterback who isn’t all that mobile to begin with to add more weight.
  • Brees’ contract situation isn’t the only item with roots to the labor agreement that’s impacting the NFC South. Carolina coach Ron Rivera said he’s being forced to tell players to leave the building. According to the agreement from last summer, players aren’t allowed to spend more than six hours a day at the team facility this time of year. Rivera isn’t the only coach running into this issue. It’s become a big deal around the league because players are trying to gain a competitive edge. But the rules aren’t going to change anytime soon. When players agreed to the new deal, they pushed for less offseason work and the rules were put in place for 10 years.
  • The Panthers have signed tight end Nelson Rosario. He is not related to former Carolina tight end Dontae Rosario. Nelson Rosario is a UCLA product and is known much more for his receiving skills than his blocking ability.
  • Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy recently received the Pop Warner Inspiration to Youth award.