We know the New Orleans Saints aren’t planning to use the franchise tag on left tackle Jermon Bushrod. We also know (thanks to Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune) that Bushrod would love the $9.7 million the franchise tag would bring and wants the foundation that a long-term contract with New Orleans would bring.
As a player, the franchise tag is good, but it's not what a player really wants. In my situation, I played under the (restricted free agent) tender and then played under a two-year deal.
So I'd like to have some stability moving forward. I guess it's a good move, but it's still an option. I'm not going to get too worked up about it. I always just go through the mind-set of something that I really can't control. We'll see how things work out in the next few days.
But on Tuesday Bushrod plans to set aside the contract talks that haven’t even really begun. As long as the weather allows, Bushrod hopes to pull off a Who Dat version of the Harlem Shake.
I’m looking forward to the video of this.
Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan plans on coming up with a better approach to stop the read-option offense, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta’s coaching staff will spend “a whole lot of time on it” in the offseason.
The Charlotte Observer reported that head coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers are looking for a “wide-bodied defensive tackle who can keep blockers off [Luke] Kuechly” to add to the roster. Will it happen via free agency or in the first round of the draft?
Both Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly are back in school to finish their degrees (Panthers.com).
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The Saints hired Wesley McGriff Monday to be the team’s new secondary coach, according to the Times-Picayune.
Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune tells us why the Saints need to draft Tyrann Mathieu.
The Tampa Tribune reported that head coach Greg Schiano is much more comfortable and productive at this year’s combine because he had enough time to actually watch film on these players beforehand.
Wide receiver Mike Williams and his agent have relaxed a bit on their desire to get a contract extension executed quickly, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Williams is going to let the Buccaneers get through free agency and the draft and hopefully re-kindle negotiations sometime in May.
Unless otherwise noted, all quotes and statements were obtained firsthand.