NFC South Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Saints

     

Buccaneers

Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians explained that part of the reason for re-signing DT Ndamukong Suh was to keep their defensive unit together after a solid 2019 showing. 

“I wanted the entire defense, if we could, to stay together,” Arians said Wednesday in a conference call, via Greg Auman of The Athletic. “They played so well together, and each piece of the puzzle knew each other. Suh was a big, big part of it, obviously, not as much in the sack game as his interior pressure and the great job he did last year against the run. We were No. 1 against the run in the league last year, and a lot of it was because of he and Vita (Vea).”

Arians said they would still “love” to bring in a pass-catching running back this offseason. 

We’d love to have a pass-catching back. Obviously, more depth in the secondary,” Arians said. “There are little pieces of the puzzle, and the draft is going to be huge for us. We have a lot of extra time to spend on it. It’s going to be fun doing it different ways. I always like change. I think change is great sometimes. I don’t think any general managers are real fired up about having to draft this way, but I’m kind of excited about it.

Falcons

  • Falcons S Sharrod Neasman‘s one-year, $950,000 deal includes a $40,000 signing bonus, $910,000 base salary and qualifies for the veteran salary benefit. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Falcons LB LaRoy Reynolds signed a one year, $1.05M deal that qualified for the veteran salary benefit. (Wilson)
  • Falcons WR Laquon Treadwell signed a one-year, $910,000 deal that qualified for the veteran salary benefit. (Wilson)

Saints

Saints GM Mickey Loomis admitted he was unsure if they’d be able to re-sign DT David Onyemata and OT Andrus Peat leading into the offseason. 

“I would say going into this, I don’t know that I expected to be able to get David and Andrus re-signed,” Loomis said, via John DeShazier of the team’s official site. “So I’m really happy that that happened.”

Regarding S Malcolm Jenkins‘ return to New Orleans, Saints GM Mickey Loomis said he wishes they would have re-signed him at the end of his rookie contract.

“Obviously we’re very familiar with Malcolm. (Coach) Sean (Payton) has discussed – I think we’ve all discussed – that looking back, we wished that we hadn’t let him out of the building some years ago. He’s really, really still a good player on the field, a great player on the field. But the things that he brings to the table in terms of leadership and intelligence, competitiveness, that’s hard to replace when you lose it. And certainly it’s a win for us in terms of those attributes coming into the building. I’m looking forward to having Malcolm back on our team.”

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