- NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport said he never really got the sense that the Buccaneers and WR Chris Godwin were going to be able to get a long-term deal done after talking to both the team and Godwin’s agent, but things are fine between the two sides going forward: “Everybody would like a long term deal but the player’s not sad he’s going to be a free agent next year. The Bucs are ok because they keep their guy.”
- The Buccaneers are hosting Heather Marini in their Bill Walsh coaching fellowship program. Marini is Brown University’s quarterbacks’ coach and is the first female position coach in Division 1 college football. (Greg Auman)
- Tampa Bay will also host former DL LaRoi Glover, former WR Louis Murphy, former OL Trai Essex and former WR Andrew King as Bill Walsh coaching fellows. (Greg Auman)
“When I met him, he’s a cool dude, down to earth, nice guy,” Burns said, via ProFootballTalk. “Watching him through OTAs, I can tell he has that dog mentality. It takes a little bit — he’s got to get comfortable with the team. He just got there. I can already tell he’s going to be a great addition to the group and a great leader for the offense.”
- According to Nick Underhill, the Saints made a strong push at re-signing S Marcus Williams but ultimately weren’t able to get a deal done. They’ll try again next offseason.
- The Athletic’s Katherine Terrell notes Saints third-round CB Paulson Adebo would be even more of a gamble for New Orleans to rely on as the starting No. 2 corner than your typical third-round rookie corner, as Adebo opted out of the 2020 college football season and hasn’t played since 2019.
- Terrell adds the other options on the roster currently are less than inspiring, with 34-year-old veteran Patrick Robinson, journeyman Ken Crawley and former UDFA Keith Washington the leading candidates as things stand now.
- A veteran addition at corner like Richard Sherman is a possibility, per Terrell, as the Saints have more than $11 million in cap space currently following the extension for RT Ryan Ramczyk. This was before Sherman’s arrest this week.
- The Saints’ rookie and injury players will be the first to report to training camp on July 25, veterans on July 27, while training camp will officially open with a non-padded practice on Thursday, July 29. (Jeff Duncan)