NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers, Pep Hamilton


  • Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians commented on his $50,000 fine: “I’ll appeal it and it ain’t got nothing to do with the game, so we’re good.” (Andrew Siciliano)
  • Arians said RB Leonard Fournette is “still wait and see” adding that the team would know more on Thursday. (Greg Auman)


  • ESPN’s Michael Rothstein called DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji a “lock” to return next year, with all the other pass rushers’ statuses up in the air.
  • Rothstein specifically questioned whether Atlanta will want to extend DL Grady Jarrett or move on from him before his contract expires in 2023.
  • On QB Matt Ryan, Rothstein said the team needs to decide whether they will move on from him, extend him or restructure his contract since his $49 million cap hit is too much for 2022.
  • Rothstein mentioned whether WR Russell Gage returns depends on what they decide to do with WR Calvin Ridley.
  • Rothstein expects OL Chris Lindstrom and OL Jake Matthews to return to RG and LT in 2022, while the other three offensive line spots are up in the air.
  • Rothstein doesn’t think the team will release OL Kaleb McGary since his $1,894,875 base salary is fully guaranteed. He’s not guaranteed to start in 2022, though. 
  • Scott Bair of notes that WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been valued by Spotrac at $18.2 million for two years. However, Bair believes a more fair deal would be two years at $12 million with around $8 million guaranteed and incentives.
  • Bair also points out that Raiders QB Marcus Mariota is set to become a free agent and has experience working with Falcons HC Arthur Smith during their time together in Tennessee.


  • Aaron Wilson reports the Panthers have yet to interview Texans QBs coach Pep Hamilton for their offensive coordinator job after recently requesting to meet with him. 
  • Wilson, citing league sources, adds Hamilton isn’t expected to meet with the Panthers at this time and has “other options this offseason.”
  • Wilson writes that Hamilton could return to Houston pending on its next hire at head coach. 
  • NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reports Panthers HC Matt Rhule “sent some feelers” to UCLA HC Chip Kelly regarding Carolina’s offensive coordinator job.

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