NFL Free Agency: NFC South

Steve Hamann

This week, we will be diving into which Free Agency players  fit best with the NFC South teams. Over the past two weeks, we have taken a look at the NFC North and NFC East and who would have the most significant impact if they signed with each team. Here we will speculate which players are good fits for the Panthers, Buccaneers, Saints, and the Falcons. Let’s get started!

 

James White
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James White – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This week, Tampa Bay made their first splash this offseason by franchise tagging Chris Godwin and resigning team leader Lavonte David. The Bucs still have Antonio Brown as a pending free agent who will be a crucial player the Bucs would like to re-sign. Leonard Fournette, aka Playoff Lenny, will be leaving after the Buccaneers Super Bowl run. Who will anchor the run game now? Ronald Jones will be in line to get most of the carries, but what better change of pace back could the Bucs get other than James White? The pass-catching back had a down 2020, but so did the Patriots. White would flourish in Bruce Arians’ offense with a change of scenery and still be relatively cheap for Tampa Bay.

 

Jameis Winston
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Jameis Winston – New Orleans Saints

Putting Jameis Winston as my top free agent for any team in 2021 feels like trolling. However, I think this is the most important signing for the cash-strapped Saints this offseason. After losing Drew Brees, New Orleans will be looking for a new starting quarterback, and I don’t think Taysom Hill will cut it. In 2020, we saw them turn to Taysom Hill, and at times the offense seemed stagnant. Jameis Winston is capable of moving the offense up and down the field. Winston is only a year removed from passing for over 5000 yards and 33 touchdowns. If head coach Sean Payton can work with Winston to cut down turnovers, the Saints might have found a quick and easy band-aid to replace their franchise quarterback.

 

Hunter Henry
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Hunter Henry – Carolina Panthers

Former Charger, Hunter Henry, was not franchised tagged earlier this week and will be an impending free agent this offseason. Henry will have plenty of suitors as he is a talented tight end who can be any quarterback’s most reliable target. Last year, Henry had a career-high 60 catches and over 600 yards for the Chargers. Could you imagine the playmakers on the Panthers if they could reach a deal? The Panthers’ offense would include Christian Mccaffrey, Robby Anderson, DJ Moore, AND Hunter Henry. That amount of young talent would set the Panthers up for success many years to come. Unfortunately, I do not believe that the Panthers will be big spenders in free agency, which would drastically decrease their chances of signing Henry.

 

Leonard Fournette
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Leonard Fournette – Atlanta Falcons

Playoff Lenny could spend another season in the NFC South, but it might be with a new team. Fournette bolstered his case by having a strong second half and was a force in the playoffs last year. The Falcons gambled on Todd Gurley last year, who didn’t turn out as planned for Atlanta. Consider this a mulligan of sorts, and the Falcons get another star at running back for relatively cheap. Defense also seems like a need for the Falcons. They could target a high-profile corner or edge rusher in free agency instead. Most of Atlanta’s offseason moves will depend on how owner Arthur Blank and the Falcons front office feel about their aging veterans in Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Do they have another Super Bowl run in them, or will they flame out?

 

 

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