NFL Notes: Buccaneers, Eagles, Panthers, Redskins, & Saints


  • Pat Yasinskas can see the Buccaneers targeting an offensive tackle in round two of the draft.
  • Yasinskas considers receivers Miami’s Philip Dorsett, Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett, FSU’s Rashad Greene, and Duke’s Jamison Crowder to be potential targets for the Bucs in this year’s draft.
  • According to Yasinskas, the decision to trade S DaShon Goldson was due to him being a bad fit schematically for Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2 defense. Although, Yasinskas admits that Chris Conte and Major Wright may not be any better than Goldson.
  • Yasinskas writes that if QB Mike Glennon gets traded, it would likely come after the draft.


  • Phil Sheridan believes the Eagles should plan on coming away with a wide receiver and safety, unless there is a superior cornerback available to them.
  • If they were to add a cornerback, Sheridan mentions that CB Nolan Carroll could be moved to safety for at least the time being.
  • Sheridan still believes Chip Kelly would like to get Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, even though it could prove to be too difficult in the end.
  • Sheridan considers the odds of the Eagles taking a quarterback in this year’s draft to be “quite good.”
    Sheridan writes that QB Sam Bradford is “very likely” to receive a contract extension from the Eagles.
  • As for young players that are in position to receive contract extensions, Sheridan lists DT Fletcher Cox, LB Mychal Kendricks, CB Brandon Boykin, OLB Vinny Curry and G Dennis Kelly as the top-five priorities in that order.


  • David Newton of ESPN mentions that Miami WR Phillip Dorsett would be a great fit opposite to Kelvin Benjamin for the Panthers.
  • Newton expects the Panthers to target a position other than quarterback in round of this year’s draft and possibly grab a cornerback in round two or three.
  • Newton doesn’t expect there to be much movement in terms of contract extensions for some of the team’s younger players following the draft.


  • ESPN’s John Keim expects the Redskins to address their offensive needs in the draft.
  • According to Keim, the Redskins haven’t expressed much interest in free agent OT Joe Barksdale.


  • Mike Triplett of ESPN writes that the decision to keep QB Drew Brees beyond this season won’t come down to his cap figure.
  • Instead, Triplett adds that the only way the Saints would move on from Brees is if they draft a prospect and feel “very, very good” about him developing into a great quarterback.
  • Triplett mentions that a long-term extension for DE Cameron Jordan would make sense for the Saints, even though it’s likely to be a pricey negotiation when all is said and done.

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