NFC South Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Saints

     

Buccaneers

  • According to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss, he doesn’t get the sense the Buccaneers would be an option if the Cardinals tried to trade RB David Johnson.

Falcons

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has publicly insisted the team is not in cap hell this offseason even though Atlanta ranks near the bottom of the NFL in cap space. Despite announcing they would let a plethora of free agents, like TE Austin Hooper and LB De’Vondre Campbell, test the open market, Dimitroff doubled down on his assertion, even if he had to lean on semantics to do it. 

“Take this the right way, I was doing my own research on the definition of hell and it’s perpetual fire. We are not in an un-ending or perpetual fire (situation),” Dimitroff said via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We are in a situation, as I alluded to earlier, when you spend money on the people that you’re spending money on, you’re in a situation from year to year … where every year is the same in the sense of we really look at our players. We look at where we are spending our money and we try to decide how we are going to adjust. Sometimes, it takes more creativity in a year where you sign a lot of players to high contracts coming into a year verses another year when things are a little less active and it becomes a little easier to navigate.”

  • Campbell posted on his Twitter account that he “doesn’t plan on going anywhere” in free agency. Campbell cites linebackers Deion Jones and Foyesade Oluokun chemistry as a reason for wanting to stay.
  • Falcons defensive assistant Jeff Ulbrich says he would really like to have Campbell back next year but he understands the business aspect of it. (Kelsey Conway)
  • Falcons DC Raheem Morris says the team has high expectations for having CB Desmond Trufant back and healthy in 2020. (Jason Butt)

Saints

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