NFC South Blog
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "there's a real sense that Tampa Bay has its sights set on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota." Of course, the Bucs have the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. They are fully expected to take a quarterback at the top, either Mariota or Florida State's Jameis Winston.
Bryan Broaddus of the Dallas Cowboys' official website speculates that soon-to-be free-agent running back Mark Ingram could be an option to replace running back DeMarco Murray, who is likely to seek greener pastures coming off of a career season.
Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram, who is set to become a free agent this offseason, has expressed a desire to remain with the New Orleans Saints. "I'm looking forward to getting a new deal," Ingram said at Thursday's Pro Bowl practice in Phoenix. "Hopefully I'm with the Saints, man. They drafted me and I'd love to be with New Orleans for my career."
Adam Gase is changing teams, but his new surroundings with have a distinct familiarity. Gase is joining the Bears and new head coach John Fox as the team's offensive coordinator after filling the same role on Fox's staff in Denver for the past two seasons. During that time, the Broncos fielded the league's most prolific offense. Gase was the OC behind Peyton Manning's record-breaking, MVP season of 2013, a year in which the Broncos set the all-time mark with 606 total points. And when Manning got injured and started showing his age in the latter half of this season, Gase effectively switched Denver from being reliant on the pass to a very productive run-first outfit.
Gase reportedly agreed to a three-year deal.
Over the past two seaons, the Broncos led the NFL in scoring, yards per game and passing yards per game.
According to a report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Saints TE Jimmy Graham is not planning to have surgery on the shoulder he injured in Week 5 of the regular season. When asked about his offseason considerations in relation to the injury, Graham said that surgery wasn't part of his agenda "at this point." Admittedly hobbled by the trauma for the length of 2014, Graham put up the worst statistical season of his career since his rookie campaign.
According to various reports, Saints WR Marques Colston has expressed a desire to stay in New Orleans and take a pay cut if necessary. The veteran wideout said he may be forced to leave, however, if the reduction in salary is too great. The Saints have very little cap space to work with so the front office will need to get creative in the offseason. Between his salary and bonuses, Colston is due $7 million next season. That's problematic considering the franchise has commitments that total $20 million over their projected salary-cap number.
The Falcons will have to kill some time before they can hire their preferred head coach, but they have already found their next offensive coordinator. According to multiple reports, Kyle Shanahan has agreed to become Atlanta's OC. He resigned from his post as the Browns' offensive coordinator earlier this month amid rumors that he didn't get along with quarterback Brian Hoyer and the team's front office.
Shanahan has already coordinated the offenses of the Texans (2008-09) and Redskins (2010-13).
The Falcons have interviewed eight different prospects - three former head coaches, one offensive coordinator, three defensive coordinators and a special teams coach - for their head coaching vacancy. After sitting down with Rex Ryan, Doug Marrone, Josh McDaniels, Adam Gase, Dan Quinn, Todd Bowles, Teryl Austin and Keith Armstrong, Atlanta has yet to extend an offer to any of the interviewees. According to reports, Seattle's DC Quinn is the front-runner for the job as the Falcons appear to be waiting for him to complete his postseason run. The Seahawks defeated the Packers in overtime on Sunday and will be playing in the Super Bowl. If Quinn is, in fact, the Falcons' next head coach, the franchise will have to wait two more weeks before making an official announcement.