NFL Free Agency: How the NFC South landscape has changed

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

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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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Player Position Former team
Peyton Barber Running back Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Shaquile Barrett Linebacker Denver Broncos
Kentrell Brice Safety Green Bay Packers
Deone Bucannon Linebacker Arizona Cardinals
De’vante Harris Cornerback Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kevin Minter Linebacker Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rakeem Nunez-Roches Defensive tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Breshad Perriman Wide receiver Cleveland Browns
Bradley Pinion Punter San Francisco 49ers
Cairo Santos Kicker Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Earl Watford Guard Cleveland Browns

Tampa Bay Buccaneers departures:

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Player Position New team
Andrew Adams Safety Detroit Lions
Kwon Alexander Linebacker San Francisco 49ers
Vinny Curry Defensive end Philadelphia Eagles
Ryan Fitzpatrick Quarterback Miami Dolphins
Adam Humphries Wide receiver Tennessee Titans
Josh Shaw Safety Arizona Cardinals
Adarius Taylor Linebacker Cleveland 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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Players Position Former team
Taylor Heinicke Quarterback Carolina Panthers
Bruce Irvin Defensive end Atlanta Falcons
Matt Paradis Center Denver Broncos
Daryl Williams Tackle Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers departures:

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Player Position New team
Kenjon Barner Running back Atlanta Falcons
Chandler Catanzaro Kicker New York Jets
Thomas Davis Linebacker Los Angeles Chargers
Devin Funchess Wide receiver Indianapolis Colts
Matt Kalil Tackle N/A
Ryan Kalil Center Retired
David Mayo Linebacker San 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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Player Position Former team
Teddy Bridgewater Quarterback New Orleans Saints
Malcom Brown Defensive tackle New England Patriots
Nick Easton Center Minnesota Vikings
Mario Edwards Jr. Defensive tackle New York Giants
Latavius Murray Running back Minnesota Vikings
Craig Robertson Linebacker New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints departures:

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Player Position New team
Mark Ingram Running back Baltimore Ravens
Alex Okafor Defensive end Kansas City Chiefs
Max Unger Center Retired

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