NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Panthers, Falcons, Saints


  • ESPN’s Jenna Laine reports the Buccaneers did not make an offer to S Jordan Whitehead or attempt to match what the Jets offered him, even though they talked him up and told his reps at the Combine they liked the job he did.
  • Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis says that QB Tom Brady returning factored into his decision to re-sign with Tampa Bay: “Tom coming back automatically makes us a contender again.” (Sarah Welsh)



  • ESPN’s Bill Barnwell expects the Panthers to go after DL Matthew Ioannidis following his release by the Commanders on Wednesday.
  • ESPN’s David Newton reports the Panthers are promoting run game coordinator Al Holcomb to assistant head coach on defense and RB coach Jeff Nixon to assistant head coach on offense.
  • With the Panthers signing RB D’Onta Foreman, David Newton of ESPN points out that Carolina will be able to deploy a power-running scheme with Foreman alongside Chuba Hubbard, which could enable Christian McCaffrey to line up as a slot receiver more often. 
  • Newton also writes that Foreman’s addition could make it “less likely” that they re-sign RB Ameer Abdullah
  • Panthers G Austin Corbett can also earn another $1 million each year by reaching the Pro Bowl. (Aaron Wilson)


  • PFN’s Aaron Wilson reports that the Saints’ players are “actively recruiting” Texans QB Deshaun Watson and free-agent LT Terron Armstead is “waiting to see” if Watson winds up being acquired by New Orleans. 
  • Nick Underhill reports that Saints S Marcus Maye is ahead of schedule in his recovery from an Achilles’ injury and is expected to be fully cleared by training camp.

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