NFC South Rumors: Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers

Buccaneers

Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul says the team doesn’t have enough guys how “keep it real.

I think the difference between certain teams that reach the playoffs and [ones that don’t] is when you have a certain group of guys that who just keep it real with each other,” Pierre-Paul said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “You just don’t care [about other things]. You just play for each other. I think we have been playing for each other, but on the keeping it real point, I think we’ve got a lot of guys who just don’t keep it real, man.

  • Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said when asked about DT Gerald McCoy‘s future in Tampa Bay: “We have a lot of tough decisions to make.” (Rick Stroud)

Falcons

  • Vaughn McClure reports that the Falcons have parted ways with TEs coach Wade Harman.

Panthers

Panthers LB Thomas Davis reiterated that he’s hoping to remain in Carolina and finish out his career with the team.

“That’s the one thing that I look at that, more so than anything, that would not allow me to go play for another team,” Davis said Monday, via the Charlotte Observer. “It’s the one thing that I look at and I focus in on that I would say I would never want to go play for another team. You know, you play somewhere your entire career — that’s special. That means something to me, to be able to say I played all of my career for one team.”

Davis implied that he’s willing to accept a reduced salary to return to the Panthers.

“Have you seen how much money I make?” Panthers said. “I’ve already taken a pay cut. . . .

“Whatever I need to do to make sure that we get it done and I’m still here. It’s a negotiation, so this will be something that will take place. It’ll happen and we’ll see what happens coming from there.

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