- Greg Auman notes the top three cornerbacks on the Buccaneers roster are Carlton Davis, Jamel Dean, and Sean Murphy-Bunting.
- According to Auman, Ryan Smith likely has the fourth cornerback spot, followed by Herb Miller, Mazzi Wilkins, and Parnell Motley who will all compete for the fifth spot.
- Auman adds the Buccaneers were clearly convinced to move on from CB M.J. Stewart since the team will actually take an additional cap hit of $888,000 from his prorated signing bonus on their 2020 cap.
The Falcons already had to do some cost-cutting this offseason to get under the salary cap and it won’t get any easier in 2021. Atlanta currently has $220 million in salary commitments which could make for a huge hole if the 2021 cap is at its floor of $175 million. However, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff says that’s not catching the team by surprise.
Dimitroff said the team would get creative to try and preserve as much of a contending team around QB Matt Ryan as possible, while also bringing up the possibility of asking some players to take pay cuts.
- Per the Athletic’s Joe Person, Panthers HC Matt Rhule said it’s TE Ian Thomas‘ turn to be the starter now that Greg Olsen is gone.
- Rhule added he thinks Panthers No. 2 TE Chris Manhertz is one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL.