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A Look Around the NFC South on SB Nation

Cuts, contracts restructures, potential new quarterbacks. Who said the offseason is boring?

Butler v North Dakota State
Trey Lance: The next quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons?
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A weekly look at the top stories being discussed on the other three NFC South blogs on SB Nation.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Bucs Nation)

  • Shaq Barrett set to stay in Tampa Bay. Speaking of re-upping, one of Tampa’s priorities is pass rusher extraordinaire Shaq Barrett. Once thought to be a candidate for the mass exodus that usually happens with Super Bowl winners, Barrett and Tampa are reportedly talking about a new contract.

  • Jaydon Mickens arrested on guns charges. It’s not all rosy in Tampa, as wide receiver Jaydon Mickens was arrested on felony gun possession in Los Angeles. An undrafted free agent in 2016, Mickens has been with the Bucs since 2019.

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Atlanta Falcons (via The Falcoholic)

  • Safety Kazee won’t re-sign with the Falcons. An underrated safety will hit the free agency market. Damontae Kazee, who is coming off an Achilles injury, is not expected to be back with Atlanta next season. If he can regain full speed, he will be a steal for someone in free agency.

  • Falcons restructure Jake Matthews’ contract. It’s not just the Saints, y’all. With the salary cap going down for the next NFL year, teams are finding creative ways to create cap space. Restructuring contracts is one of the most popular, and the Falcons have just done so with their starting left tackle.

  • The Falcons seem to have serious interest in Trey Lance. The former North Dakota State quarterback reportedly ran new Falcons’ head coach Arthur Smith’s offense at his pro-day. We may have seen the last of Matty Ice in Atlanta y’all, and if that happens, I’ll miss seeing Ryan get sacked by Cam Jordan every freakin’ time the Falcons played the Saints.

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Carolina Panthers (via Cat Scratch Reader)


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