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2022 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: NFC South

2022 NFC South free agency handed the Buccaneers a retirement from one of its veteran offensive lineman. The Falcons lost a key linebacker but picked up an All-Pro corner. Then they traded away a former league MVP. The Panthers lost one of its top pass rushers but picked up a four-time All-Pro punter to help its Top Five defense. It has been a busy couple of weeks in the NFC South.

NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offensive free agents

  • RB Giovani Bernard (re-signed)
  • G Alex Cappa (Agreed to terms with the Bengals)
  • RB Leonard Fournette (re-signed)
  • QB Blaine Gabbert (re-signed)
  • QB Ryan Griffin (re-signed)
  • WR Chris Godwin (re-signed)
  • TE Rob Gronkowski
  • TE O.J. Howard (Agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • C Ryan Jensen (re-signed)
  • C Donell Stanley (released)
  • RB Ronald Jones II
  • RB Le’Veon Bell
  • WR Breshad Perriman (re-signed)
  • G Aaron Stinnie (re-signed)
  • T Josh Wells (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • S Andrew Adams
  • CB Carlton Davis (re-signed)
  • CB Pierre Desir
  • DL Will Gholston (re-signed)
  • DL Steve McLendon
  • LB Kevin Minter
  • OLB Jason Pierre-Paul
  • DE Pat O’Connor (re-signed)
  • S Curtis Riley
  • CB Richard Sherman
  • DL Ndamukong Suh
  • S Jordan Whitehead (Agreed to terms with the Jets)
  • LS Zach Triner (re-signed)
  • Head coach Bruce Arians retired and former DC Todd Bowles signed a five-year contract to be the team’s next head coach
  • Agreed to terms with WR Russell Gage (Falcons), DB Logan Ryan (Giants), OL Fred Johnson (Bengals), S Keanu Neal (Cowboys)
  • Re-signed WR Chris Godwin to a three-year deal (after originally placing the franchise tag on him), RB Leonard Fournette to a three-year deal, CB Carlton Davis to a three-year deal, OL Ryan Jensen to a three-year deal, OL Aaron Stinnie to a one-year deal, OL Josh Wells to a one-year deal, WR Breshad Perriman to a one-year deal, DE Will Gholston to a one-year deal, LS Zach Triner to a two-year deal, RB Giovani Bernard, QB Ryan Griffin, DE Pat O’Connor, QB Blaine Gabbert
  • Lost TE O.J. Howard (Bills), OL A.J. Cappa (Bengals), S Jordan Whitehead (Jets)
  • QB Tom Brady retired and then decided to come back for another season in 2022
  • OL Ali Marpet retired after seven seasons
  • Traded a fifth-round pick to the New England Patriots for OG Shaq Mason

Atlanta Falcons

Offensive free agents

  • QB Josh Rosen
  • QB A.J. McCarron
  • RB Cordarrelle Patterson (re-signed)
  • WR Russell Gage (Agreed to terms with the Buccaneers)
  • WR Tajae Sharpe
  • TE Hayden Hurst (Agreed to terms with the Bengals)
  • TE Lee Smith
  • OL Josh Andrews
  • OL Jason Spriggs
  • OL Matt Gono
  • OL Colby Gossett (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

  • DL Jonathan Bullard
  • DL Mike Pennel
  • DL Tyeler Davison (released)
  • OLB Brandon Copeland
  • OLB Dante Fowler (released)
  • OLB Steven Means
  • ILB Foye Oluokun (Agreed to terms with the Jaguars)
  • ILB Daren Bates
  • ILB Emmanuel Ellerbee
  • CB Fabian Moreau
  • CB Isaiah Oliver (re-signed)
  • S Erik Harris (re-signed)
  • S Duron Harmon
  • S Shawn Williams
  • P Thomas Morstead
  • LS Josh Harris (Agreed to terms with the Chargers)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded QB Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2022 third-round draft pick (82nd overall)
  • Agreed to terms with QB Marcus Mariota (Raiders) on a two-year deal, CB Casey Hayward (Raiders) on a two-year deal, RB Damien Williams (Bears), OL Elijah Wilkinson (Bears), DE Lorenzo Carter (Giants), WR KhaDarel Hodge (Lions), WR Auden Tate (Bengals), WR Damiere Byrd (Bears), S Dean Marlowe (Lions), LS Beau Brinkley (Bears), LB Rashaan Evans (Titans), OT Germain Ifedi (Bears), TE Anthony Firkser (Titans), DT Vincent Taylor (Texans)
  • Re-signed OL Colby Gossett, CB Isaiah Oliver, S Erik Harris, WR Cordarrelle Patterson
  • Signed DT Anthony Rush on an original round tender
  • Released OLB Dante Fowler, DL Tyeler Davison
  • Lost ILB Foyesade Oluokun (Jaguars), WR Russell Gage (Buccaneers), LS Josh Harris (Chargers), TE Hayden Hurst (Bengals)

Carolina Panthers

Offensive free agents

  • TE Ian Thomas (re-signed)
  • C Matt Paradis
  • QB Cam Newton
  • OT Trenton Scott
  • OL John Miller
  • WR-KR Alex Erickson
  • WR Brandon Zylstra (re-signed)
  • LS J.J. Jansen
  • K Zane Gonzalez

Defensive free agents

  • CB Stephon Gilmore (Agreed to terms with the Colts)
  • CB Donte Jackson (re-signed)
  • OLB Haason Reddick (Agreed to terms with the Eagles)
  • DE-OLB Marquis Haynes (re-signed)
  • LB Jermaine Carter (Agreed to terms with the Chiefs)
  • DT DaQuan Jones (Agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • S Juston Burris (re-signed)
  • S Sean Chandler (re-signed)
  • OLB Frankie Luvu
  • OLB Julian Stanford
  • CB Rashaan Melvin (re-signed)
  • P Lachlan Edwards

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Re-signed TE Ian Thomas on a three-year deal, OLB Frankie Luvu to a two-year deal, CB Rashaan Melvin, WR Brandon Zylstra, S Sean Chandler, S Juston Burris
  • Agreed to terms with OL Austin Corbett (Rams) on a three-year deal, S Xavier Woods (Vikings) on a three-year deal, P Johnny Hekker (Rams) on a three-year deal, LB Damien Wilson (Jaguars) on a two-year deal, WR Rashard Higgins (Browns) on a one-year deal, DT Matt Ioannidis (Commanders) on a one-year deal, LB Cory Littleton, OC Bradley Bozeman (Ravens) on a one-year deal, CB Chris Westry (Ravens)
  • Signed WR D.J. Moore to a four-year extension and re-signed CB Donte Jackson to a three-year extension, CB Rashaan Melvin, DE Marquis Haynes
  • Exercised an option on OLB Brian Burns
  • Lost OLB Haason Reddick (Eagles), DT DaQuan Jones (Bills), LB Jermaine Carter (Chiefs), CB Stephon Gilmore (Colts)

New Orleans Saints

Offensive free agents

  • OT Terron Armstead (Agreed to terms with the Dolphins)
  • QB Jameis Winston (re-signed)
  • WR-RB Ty Montgomery (Agreed to terms with the Patriots)
  • QB Trevor Siemian
  • WR Tre’Quan Smith (re-signed)
  • TE Garrett Griffin
  • WR Kenny Stills
  • OT Kyle Murphy

Defensive free agents

  • S Marcus Williams (Agreed to terms with the Ravens)
  • DB P.J. Williams (re-signed)
  • LB Kwon Alexander
  • S Jeff Heath
  • DT Jalyn Holmes
  • DE Christian Ringo
  • CB Kenneth Crawley

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms S Marcus Maye (Jets) on a three-year deal, S Daniel Sorensen (Chiefs) on a one-year deal, QB Andy Dalton (Bears) on a one-year deal, OG Forrest Lamp (Bills) on a one-year deal, DT Jaleel Johnson (Texans), DE Taco Charlton (Steelers), S Justin Evans, TE JP Holtz (Bears)
  • Lost S Marcus Williams (Ravens), RB Ty Montgomery (Patriots), OT Terron Armstead (Dolphins)
  • Re-signed QB Jameis Winston to a two-year deal, CB Bradley Roby, WR Tre’quan Smith, CB P.J. Williams, RB Dwayne Washington
  • Placed RFA tenders on DT Shy Tuttle, WR Deonte Harris
  • S Malcolm Jenkins retired
  • Released QB Blake Bortles

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-24-18: In-game report

One team regressed to the mean on Monday Night Football while the other showed flashes of being a playoff contender. The Steelers used a dominant first half en route to a 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in-game report:

Ben Roethlisberger 

Roethlisberger is a gunslinger in every sense of the word. The veteran quarterback will evade pass rushers, pass up open reads and throw into triple coverage, sometimes all on the same possession. However, it’s tolerated because every now and then it leads to a big play.  For the most part, Roethlisberger’s antics paid off against the Buccaneers. He threw for 353 yards, three touchdowns and only one interception despite having a non-existent running game. Even without Leveon Bell, the Steelers have enough weapons to put up 35 plus points per game as they did against Tampa Bay.  But as always, it will be worth monitoring if Big Ben can avoid the costly turnovers and the unnecessary hits. As Roethlisberger showed on Monday, when he is under center, you take the good with the bad. 

Steelers Secondary 

A week after getting shredded by first-year starter Patrick Mahomes, the Steelers secondary looked better against the Buccaneers.  There wasn’t any personnel switch but a clear point of emphasis during the week had to be the importance of playing assignment football.  Mahomes looked good against the Steelers, but a portion of his yards and touchdowns came against blown coverage (see Travis Kelce’s touchdown up the seam), where Steelers defensive backs were seen confused and pointing at each other at the end of plays.  People will pick up the box score and see Fitzpatrick threw for three touchdowns and 400 plus yards.  But he also threw three interceptions and the Buccaneers receivers made some great catches as well, including an over the shoulder catch by Mike Evans in double coverage and a Chris Godwin catch over the middle in between a cornerback and a safety.  If you’re the Steelers, you can live with players making good plays if you’re in the right spots. The Steelers secondary was more active and engaged than they’ve been all season, an example of that is cornerback Artie Burns, hustling behind the play to force a fumble.  When this team plays well on the back end, it allows them to get into their zone blitz schemes, which netted them a few sacks and countless third down stops in the first half.   The Pittsburgh Steelers will go as far as their secondary takes them this year.

Buccaneers QB Dilemma 

Jameis Winston will return from suspension this week but he may not see the field. Ryan Fitzpatrick has come into the starting lineup and provided a level of consistency to the Buccaneers offense. What you see is what you get with Fitzpatrick.  He’s not as mobile as Winston but he will stay in the pocket and take a hit.  The quarterback also knows where his bread is buttered.  Winston has more physical tools, but Fitzpatrick makes up for his shortcomings with his decisiveness and trust in his eyes. Fitzpatrick doesn’t overthink the game, if Desean Jackson is open, Desean Jackson will get the ball, and the same goes for any of the other receivers. On the season, Fitzpatrick has thrown 11 touchdowns and four interceptions for the Buccaneers, who currently sit at 2-1.