NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers, Saints

     

Buccaneers

Buccaneers’ impending free-agent RB LeSean McCoy said wants to continue his NFL career and explained that he’s fortunate to have won back-to-back Super Bowls with the Chiefs and Tampa Bay. 

“I’ve been thinking about it. I really have,” McCoy said, via Nick Shook of Around the NFL. “It’s tougher than I thought it would be, making a decision. But it’s been so good. I’m like the rabbit’s foot, whatever team I go to next, you’re probably in a Super Bowl.”

While McCoy would like to continue playing, he says it would have to be with a contending organization. 

“I think I still want to play. I really do. I’ve been talking to my agent. The only thing is it has to be the right team. I can’t go from two Super Bowls, playing with B.A. (Bruce Arians) and Andy Reid, Tom Brady and (Patrick Mahomes), to not even having a team that’s competing. I’m still a competitor. I think that you bring me back, I’ve got to play for teams that are contenders, or some young guys that can help out because I still want to be effective somehow, some way, and also may get a shot to play, showcase my talents. You’re showing my highlights, but I still got some more highlights to give out.”

Falcons

Falcons’ S Keanu Neal says it remains to be seen if he will be back in Atlanta next season.

“We shall see. I would definitely love to be back with them,” Neal told Sirius XM NFL Radio. “Love the owner, Mr. Blank is an amazing guy. The players I have been around, I’ve built a lot of great relationships with. So being back would definitely be awesome.”

Panthers

  • CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora writes that something to keep an eye on is that Texans EVP Jack Easterby has a close relationship with Panthers senior executive Steven Drummond who has gained a lot of prominence in Carolina since owner David Tepper took over.
  • Drummond was under consideration for the Texans’ vacancy for team president, according to La Canfora, but he was promoted from chief communications officer by Tepper to stay in Carolina. La Canfora adds the relationship between him and Easterby is something to watch when it comes to a potential trade involving Texans QB Deshaun Watson.

Saints

  • The Athletic’s Katherine Terrell lists Saints LB Kwon Alexander, P Thomas Morstead and CB Janoris Jenkins as players the team could approach about taking a pay cut. Otherwise, they’re candidates to be cut. 
  • Saints S Marcus Williams and DE Trey Hendrickson are the team’s two major pending free agents, and Terrell says in a perfect world New Orleans would want to keep both. But they only have the cap space to maybe keep one and she says they’re playing it close to the vest regarding whether they are prioritizing Williams or Hendrickson. 
  • While the narrative around QB Jameis Winston is that he’s a strong candidate to start for the Saints in 2021, Terrell points out he has not re-signed with New Orleans yet and thus isn’t necessarily a sure thing like he’s being talked about as. 
  • Both Saints RT Ryan Ramczyk and CB Marshon Lattimore are entering the final year of their rookie deals on the fifth-year option in 2021. Terrell writes that Ramczyk is a stud and could sign a massive, record-breaking deal for a right tackle. 
  • As for Lattimore, Terrell notes that he has a tendency to play up or down to his competition and the Saints could want to see more consistency with him playing out his deal in 2021 before giving him the type of deal he’s likely seeking. She adds that likely means he’ll be speculated as a trade candidate the rest of this year. 
  • Terrell thinks at this point the Saints are leaning toward declining DE Marcus Davenport‘s fifth-year option. 
  • San Diego State RB Darren Hall is scheduled to meet virtually with the Saints. (Justin Melo)
  • Florida State CB Asante Samuel Jr. had a virtual meeting with the Saints. (Justin Melo)

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