NFL Free Agency: How the NFC South landscape has changed


The major wave of free agency has come and gone, but what changes to the Falcons' rivals in the NFC South did it bring?


The moves made so far this offseason haven't been highlighted by superstar players, as is the case in previous years. Instead, there seem to be more notable departures than big-name signings.

Below is a rundown of the signings the Buccaneers, Panthers and Saints had during the first week and a half of free agency as well as the players they lost to other teams.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers additions:

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PlayerPositionFormer team
Peyton BarberRunning backTampa Bay Buccaneers
Shaquile BarrettLinebackerDenver Broncos
Kentrell BriceSafetyGreen Bay Packers
Deone BucannonLinebackerArizona Cardinals
De’vante HarrisCornerbackTampa Bay Buccaneers
Kevin MinterLinebackerTampa Bay Buccaneers
Rakeem Nunez-RochesDefensive tackleTampa Bay Buccaneers
Breshad PerrimanWide receiverCleveland Browns
Bradley PinionPunterSan Francisco 49ers
Cairo SantosKickerTampa Bay Buccaneers
Earl WatfordGuardCleveland Browns

Tampa Bay Buccaneers departures:

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PlayerPositionNew team
Andrew AdamsSafetyDetroit Lions
Kwon AlexanderLinebackerSan Francisco 49ers
Vinny CurryDefensive endPhiladelphia Eagles
Ryan FitzpatrickQuarterbackMiami Dolphins
Adam HumphriesWide receiverTennessee Titans
Josh ShawSafetyArizona Cardinals
Adarius TaylorLinebackerCleveland Browns

Analysis: The Buccaneers had very little money to work with, so they had to find players on the lower end of the price scale. Many of the players they've signed have come on the defensive side of the ball, which has been a priority for Tampa Bay in past offseasons. There were a few notable moves for the Bucs, though. Bucannon was with coach Bruce Arians in Arizona and was a decent starting linebacker, while Watford was also a starter for the Cardinals. The biggest departures for the Buccaneers were DeSean Jackson (via trade), Kwon Alexander and Vinny Curry.

Carolina Panthers additions:

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PlayersPositionFormer team
Taylor HeinickeQuarterbackCarolina Panthers
Bruce IrvinDefensive endAtlanta Falcons
Matt ParadisCenterDenver Broncos
Daryl WilliamsTackleCarolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers departures:

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PlayerPositionNew team
Kenjon BarnerRunning backAtlanta Falcons
Chandler CatanzaroKickerNew York Jets
Thomas DavisLinebackerLos Angeles Chargers
Devin FunchessWide receiverIndianapolis Colts
Matt KalilTackleN/A
Ryan KalilCenterRetired
David MayoLinebackerSan Francisco 49ers

Analysis: Like the Falcons, the Panthers have not made many moves this offseason. Their most important newcomers are center Matt Paradis, who will take over for retired Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil, and defensive end Bruce Irvin who spent the second half of last season with the Falcons. It will be interesting to see how Carolina handles the departures of Ryan Kalil and Thomas Davis, two beloved veterans and team leaders.

New Orleans Saints additions

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PlayerPositionFormer team
Teddy BridgewaterQuarterbackNew Orleans Saints
Malcom BrownDefensive tackleNew England Patriots
Nick EastonCenterMinnesota Vikings
Mario Edwards Jr.Defensive tackleNew York Giants
Latavius MurrayRunning backMinnesota Vikings
Craig RobertsonLinebackerNew Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints departures:

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PlayerPositionNew team
Mark IngramRunning backBaltimore Ravens
Alex OkaforDefensive endKansas City Chiefs
Max UngerCenterRetired

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