NFC South Blog
The Carolina Panthers will meet with former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman on Thursday. A once-great corner, "Peanut" is now 34 years old and has suffered triceps tears in each of the past two seasons. He has managed to play only 10 games during that span. He has ties to Panthers head coach Ron Rivera from their days together in Chicago..
Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said Thursday the team intends on signing star LB Lavonte David to a long-term deal following the NFL Draft. With $28 million in cap space, the Bucs have more than enough money to pay David, and he will likely become one of the highest paid LBs in the league.
Starting from his rookie year in 2012, David has totaled 139, 145 and 146 tackles, respectively. He also has 10 career sacks, six forced fumbles and six interceptions.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith claimed Thursday that "we haven't seen the true Doug Martin yet." After a great rookie season, Martin has put up back-to-back disappointing seasons. While he has dealt with injuries, he hasn't played well when healthy either, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry since the start of 2013.
Martin was relegated being to part of a committee last season. Bobby Rainey, Mike James and Charles Sims drastically cut into his production.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafting Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with the first overall pick has seemed like a foregone conclusion for months. Now that prediction is looking a bit murky.
Bucs co-owner Darcie Glazer Kassewitz reportedly has some concerns with Winston's off-field issues and has "raised some internal questions about the community relations impact of the pick." Head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht are sold on Winston. However, Yahoo's Charles Robinson states that they "won't have the final say."
Free agent wideout Greg Jennings continues to make his rounds. His next stop is reportedly New Orleans as he continues his attempt to find a suitor, but he has struggled to get a deal done. This news would lead you to believe that a deal with the Jaguars, with whom Jennings met Monday, is not in the cards for the 31-year-old.