NFC South: Thomas Brown

Falcons release 13 players

September, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas


The Falcons have announced their cuts as they got down 53 players.

The following were released: wide receiver Troy Bergeron, running back Thomas Brown, offensive lineman Michael Butterworth, wide receiver Robert Ferguson, linebacker Robert James, wide receiver Aaron Kelly, defensive end Maurice Lucas, cornerback William Middleton, tight end Jason Rader, quarterback D.J. Shockley, offensive guard Jose Valdez, defensive tackle Vance Walker and linebacker Jamie Winborn.

Around the NFC South

March, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

A quick trip through the NFC South's local headlines.

PANTHERS

There have been some talks about signing quarterback Jake Delhomme to a contract extension. But it doesn't sound like the process is very far along. Delhomme, who is heading into the final year of his contract, is scheduled to take up about $11 million in salary-cap space. The Panthers could free up a lot of space with an extension, but the league's lack of a long-term labor agreement makes any long-term deal a little fuzzy.

Coach John Fox said he could see the proverbial light coming on at the end of receiver Dwayne Jarrett's second season. It better stay on because the Panthers don't have much else behind starters Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad.

SAINTS

Coach Sean Payton said the idea of moving cornerback Usama Young to safety is just a possibility at this point. The Saints don't really need a starter after signing veteran Darren Sharper. But there's growing depth at cornerback and that means the best long-term move for Young's career might be a switch to safety.

BUCS

Coach Raheem Morris said cornerback Ronde Barber survived the offseason purge of veterans because he's still playing at a high level. Barber did slump early last season, but finished strong. Keeping Barber might not be the most popular move with fans. But Morris, who was the defensive backs coach last year, should have a better idea than anyone what Barber has left.

FALCONS

Defensive tackle Trey Lewis, who hasn't played since 2007 because of two knee surgeries, has been medically cleared to participated in the offseason program. Quietly, this could be a big boost for a team that's looking for help in the middle of the defensive line after the departure of Grady Jackson. Running back Thomas Brown and linebacker Robert James, who each missed their rookie seasons with injuries, also have been cleared to participate.

Falcons: Cutdown analysis

August, 30, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Biggest surprise: It wasn't as much a surprise that Joey Harrington was cut as it was that D.J. Shockley made the team. Shockley is a bit of a local cult hero because he played at the University of Georgia, but this move wasn't about popularity. It was about Shockley's potential. Yes, he's a project, but the Falcons think they might be able to develop Shockley into something. They'll have time because rookie Matt Ryan is going to be the starter and veteran Chris Redman will be the backup.

No-brainer: You could see the release of veteran guard Kynan Forney coming for a while. It's sad, but true. Forney had been with the team since 2001 and started most of his career. But Harvey Dahl emerged as a starter and the Falcons weren't going to keep paying Forney starter's money.

What's next: With Thomas Brown going on the injured reserve list, the Falcons still may be in the market for a running back. They're set with Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood as their top two backs, but they may look to upgrade over Jason Snelling, who made the roster.

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