NFC South Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Saints


New Buccaneers DE Shaq Barrett is hoping his bet on himself in the form of a one-year, $5 million deal works out next season.  

“Last year I didn’t play as much so I knew I wasn’t going to be getting nothing crazy,” Barrett said, via Pro Football Talk. “Just to prove like my worth is all I wanted to do. I’m going to bet on myself 100 percent of the time. I’m just going to go out there and do my job and let everybody see why I came here, and then hopefully be changing into a multi-year contract. Obviously, I’m just ready, excited. I’m happy they gave me the opportunity, and I’m going to take advantage of it and run with it.”


Falcons WR Julio Jones says he’s not worried about his current contract situation as he and the team work on an extension.  

“My agent is in the process of them talking about it,” Jones said via ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. “It hasn’t came to me. I’m good. I’m comfortable with how everybody’s doing it. There’s no pressure on my end and none on their end. If they’re going to get it done, we’ll get it done.”

Jones said he’s not necessarily looking to be the highest-paid wide receiver in the league if it means the Falcons can’t sign other players.  

“Me, personally, I don’t really care about as far as being the highest-paid receiver, man,” Jones said. “It’s a number. We’ve got some other guys on the team. If we can do it in a way to get all the other guys to stay on the team … it’s a lot of ways you can do money.”


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