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2023 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: NFC South

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The New Orleans Saints sellouts on the banner

The New Orleans Saints routinely are among the league leaders in sellouts.

The NFC South’s offseason/free agency period started with the departures of two opening day starters at quarterback from 2022. Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees retired after an illustrious career. The Saints picked up draft picks with the trade of a former coach and created more cap space with restructured contracts. And the NFC South continued its momentum with the Carolina Panthers trading away a mortgage worth of current and future draft picks for the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offensive free agents

  • QB Blaine Gabbert
  • WR Julio Jones
  • WR Scotty Miller (Agreed to terms with Falcons)
  • WR Breshad Perriman
  • RB Giovani Bernard
  • RB Leonard Fournette (released)
  • TE Kyle Rudolph
  • TE Cameron Brate (released)
  • OG Aaron Stinnie
  • OT Josh Wells (Agreed to terms with Jaguars)
  • OT Donovan Smith (released)
  • PK Ryan Succop (released)

Defensive free agents

  • LB Lavonte David (re-signed)
  • OLB Anthony Nelson (re-signed)
  • DE Akiem Hicks
  • DE William Gholston
  • DE Pat O’Connor (re-signed)
  • DE Carl Nassib
  • DE Genard Avery
  • DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches (Agreed to terms with the Giants)
  • DT Deadrin Senat (re-signed)
  • S Mike Edwards (Agreed to terms with Chiefs)
  • SS Keanu Neal (Agreed to terms with Steelers)
  • CB Logan Ryan
  • CB Sean Bunting (Agreed to terms with Titans)
  • CB Jamel Dean (re-signed)
Lavonte David LB Tampa Buccaneers
Tampa Bay LB Lavonte David signed a a two-year deal back in 2021 and has has posted over 1,200 career tackles for the team in eleven seasons. He re-signed with the team on a one-year deal this spring.

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • QB Tom Brady announced his retirement
  • Parted ways with OC Byron Leftwich after four seasons and hired former Seattle Seahawks QB coach Dave Canales as its new offensive coordinator
  • Released OT Donovan Smith on March 8, 2023, RB Leonard Fournette, TE Cameron Brate, PK Ryan Succop
  • CB Carlton Davis, WR Chris Godwin, WR Russell Gage and C Ryan Jensen all restructured their contracts
  • Re-signed LB Lavonte David on a one-year deal, CB Jamel Dean on a three-year deal, OLB Anthony Nelson on a two-year deal, DT Deadrin Senat, DL Pat O’Connor
  • Lost DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches (Giants), S Mike Edwards (Chiefs), OL Josh Wells (Jaguars), S Keanu Neal (Steelers), CB Sean Murphy-Bunting (Titans), WR Scotty Miller (Falcons)
  • Traded OG Shaq Mason and a 2023 seventh-round pick to the Houston Texans for a 2023 sixth-round pick
  • Agreed to terms with RB Chase Edmonds (Dolphins), DT Greg Gaines (Rams), PK Chase McLaughlin (Colts), OL Matt Feiler (Chargers)

Atlanta Falcons

Offensive free agents

  • QB Marcus Mariota (released and agreed to terms with Eagles)
  • FB Keith Smith (re-signed)
  • WR Olamide Zaccheaus
  • WR Damiere Byrd (Agreed to terms with Panthers)
  • WR Khadarel Hodge (re-signed)
  • TE Anthony Firkser
  • TE MyCole Pruitt
  • OG Elijah Wilkinson
  • OG Colby Gossett
  • OT Kaleb McGary
  • OT Chuma Edoga
  • OT Germain Ifedi (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

  • DT Vincent Taylor
  • DT Jaleel Johnson
  • DE Matt Dickerson
  • OLB Lorenzo Carter (re-signed)
  • LB Rashaan Evans
  • LB Nick Kwiatkoski
  • CB Rashad Fenton
  • CB Isaiah Oliver (Agreed to terms with 49ers)
  • CB Michael Ford
  • S Erik Harris
  • P Bradley Pinion (re-signed)
  • LS Beau Brinkley

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Hired Saints DL coach Ryan Nielsen as its new defensive coordinator after DC Dean Pees retired and hired longtime NFL defensive coach and two-time Pro Bowl DB Jerry Gray as its assistant head coach
  • Released QB Marcus Mariota (agreed to terms with Eagles)
  • Re-signed FB Keith Smith, CB Cornell Armstrong, CB Michael Ford, P Bradley Pinion on a three-year deal, WR Khadarel Hodge, OL Germain Ifedi, DE-OLB Lorenzo Carter
  • Traded a 2023 seventh-round pick for New England Patriots TE Jonnu Smith and traded a 2023 fifth-round pick (159th overall) for Detroit Lions CB Jeffrey Okudah
  • Agreed to terms on a five-year extension with OG Chris Lindstrom, three-year extension with OT Kaleb McGary
  • Reportedly agreed to terms with S Jessie Bates III (Bengals) on a four-year deal, DL David Onyemata (Saints) on a three-year deal, QB Taylor Heineke (Commanders) on a two-year deal, LB Tae Davis (Browns), WR Mack Hollins (Raiders) on a one-year deal, OT Ethan Greenidge (Saints), OLB Kaden Elliss (Saints), DL Calais Campbell (Ravens), OLB Bud Dupree (Titans), CB Mike Hughes (Lions), OT Joshua Miles (Cardinals)
  • Lost CB Isaiah Oliver (49ers), CB Michael Ford (Browns), WR Damiere Byrd (Falcons)

Carolina Panthers

Offensive free agents

  • QB Sam Darnold (Agreed to terms with the 49ers)
  • OT Cameron Irving
  • OC Bradley Bozeman (re-signed)
  • OG Michael Jordan
  • RB D’Onta Foreman (Agreed to terms with Bears)
  • WR Rashard Higgins
  • WR Andre Roberts
  • PK Eddy Pineiro (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

  • DE Matt Ioannidis
  • DL Henry Anderson (re-signed)
  • ILB Cory Littleton (Agreed to terms with Texans)
  • LB Damien Wilson (released)
  • S Juston Burris
  • S Sean Chandler
  • CB Justin Layne

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

New Orleans Saints

Offensive free agents

  • WR Deonte Harty (Agreed to terms with Bills)
  • WR Jarvis Landry
  • QB Andy Dalton (Agreed to terms with Falcons)
  • RB Mark Ingram
  • RB David Johnson
  • OT Ethan Greenidge (Agreed to terms with Falcons)

Defensive free agents

  • DL David Onyemata (Agreed to terms with the Falcons)
  • DT Shy Tuttle (Agreed to terms with the Panthers)
  • DE Marcus Davenport (Agreed to terms with Vikings)
  • LB Kwon Alexander
  • LB Ty Summers (re-signed)
  • CB P.J. Williams
  • CB Bradley Roby
  • DE Kentavious Street
  • SS JT Gray
  • SS Daniel Sorensen
  • S Justin Evans (Agreed to terms with Eagles)
  • OLB Kaden Elliss (Agreed to terms with Falcons)
Sean Payton HC Denver Broncos
The Saints traded former head coach Sean Payton and a 2024 third-round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2023 first round pick and a 2024 second round pick.

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with DE Tanoh Kpassagnon on a two-year extension, WR Keith Kirkwood on a one-year extension
  • Traded head coach Sean Payton and a 2024 third-round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick (No. 30 overall) and a 2024 second-round pick
  • Hired former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods to the same position
  • DE Cameron Jordan, S Marcus Maye, PK Wil Lutz, C Erik McCoy, OT Ryan Ramczyk and FS Tyrann Mathieu restructured their contracts
  • Signed former Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to a four-year deal and signed QB Jameis Winston to a restructured one-year extension
  • Gave a one-year extension to WR Michael Thomas, LB Ty Summers
  • Re-signed P Blake Gillikin
  • Agreed to terms with DT Khalen Saunders (Chiefs), DL Nathan Shepherd (Jets), RB Jamaal Williams (Lions) on a three-year deal, S Johnathan Abram (Raiders), WR Bryan Edwards (Raiders), CB Isaac Yiadom (Texans), CB Lonnie Johnson (Titans), OT Storm Norton (Chargers)
  • Reportedly lost DE David Onyemata (Falcons), DT Shy Tuttle (Panthers), DE Marcus Davenport (Vikings), WR Deonte Harty (Bills), S Justin Evans (Eagles), OT Ethan Greenidge (Falcons), OLB Kaden Elliss (Falcons)

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