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Free Agency Grades NFC South...

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Y'all already know not to allow yourself to get upset.  We know from past history how our team is viewed & always underappreciated.  And quite often it's for good reason. For me personally, most all the media in sports or politics can go **** themselves... Pulled this guy off of CBS Sports. 

2020 NFL free agency grades for NFC South: Buccaneers, Saints lead the way with blue-chip additions

Assessing all four NFC South teams' performance during the start of the offseason

 

Atlanta Falcons

Notable additions: RB Todd Gurley (Rams), WR Laquon Treadwell (Vikings), TE Hayden Hurst (Ravens), OLB Dante Fowler Jr. (Rams)

 

Notable losses: RB Devonta Freeman, TE Austin Hooper (Browns), DE Adrian Clayborn, LB De'Vondre Campbell (Cardinals), OLB Vic Beasley (Titans), CB Desmond Trufant (Lions)

The Falcons' biggest addition of the offseason, at least in terms of compensation, was undeniably Hurst, who cost Atlanta second- and fifth-round draft picks (the Falcons also got a fourth-rounder back from Baltimore). And while the tight end is bound to "break out" after two quiet years with the Ravens, he's both older and far more of an unknown than Hooper, who cashed in elsewhere. Are we sure he and Treadwell combined will account for Hooper's 2019 production?

That said, Atlanta made a big upgrade at pass rusher by swapping former first-round busts; Fowler has all the tools and upside to be everything Beasley never was. Parting ways with aging, injured veterans like Freeman, Clayborn and Trufant raises some concerns about depth ahead of the draft, but they should be better for those farewells in the long run. Gurley, in particular, could be an absolute steal as Freeman's successor even if he isn't carrying the ball 25 times a game.

All in all, the Falcons made do considering their tight cap situation, but only Fowler stands out as a surefire good move.

 

Grade: C+

Carolina Panthers

Notable additions: QB Teddy Bridgewater (Saints), QB P.J. Walker (XFL), OT Russell Okung (Chargers), WR Robby Anderson (Jets), WR Seth Roberts (Ravens), DE Stephen Weatherly (Vikings), LB Tahir Whitehead (Raiders)

Notable losses: QB Cam Newton, QB Kyle Allen (Redskins), WR Chris Hogan, TE Greg Olsen (Seahawks), OG Trai Turner (Chargers), DE Mario Addison (Bills), DE Bruce Irvin (Seahawks), DT Dontari Poe (Cowboys), DT Vernon Butler (Bills), LB Luke Kuechly (retired), CB James Bradberry (Giants), S Eric Reid

To say the Panthers have been busy this offseason would be to sell them extremely short. Under new coach Matt Rhule, they've uprooted significant portions of the Carolina core with the draft still to come. No change was bigger, of course, than at quarterback, where the 30-year-old Newton was released following failed attempts to trade the rehabilitating former MVP. Swapping Walker in for Allen at backup QB is a spicy high-upside gamble appropriate for a team in rebuild mode, and there's no denying Bridgewater is an upgrade on a rusty Newton, but the question is: How much better is he, and how, if at all, is Carolina building around him?

In other words, it's hard to make out just what the Panthers are aiming for right now. Allowing older vets like Olsen and Poe to leave was fine and smart, but what called for Rhule to send Turner, a 26-year-old five-time Pro Bowler, to Los Angeles for a 31-year-old tackle coming off a serious illness? Not overpaying Bradberry is fine, but with Kuechly and three pass rushers accompanying him through the exit, Carolina isn't exactly saying, "We're trying to win now," by making Weatherly and Whitehead their replacements.

 

Bridgewater is a solid addition under center, and Rhule seems energetic enough to reignite this team, but in terms of just 2020 free agency, the bag was mixed.

Grade: C-

New Orleans Saints

Notable additions: WR Emmanuel Sanders (49ers), S Malcolm Jenkins (Eagles)

Notable losses: QB Teddy Bridgewater (Panthers), WR Ted Ginn Jr., LB A.J. Klein (Bills), CB Eli Apple (Raiders), S Vonn Bell (Bengals)

Bringing back Drew Brees was priority No. 1, and that happened, confirming their strategy for 2020: Championship or bust. And guess what? New Orleans couldn't have had a better offseason in preparation for another run.

You can make arguments about how Apple and Bell are sizable losses in the secondary, but reuniting with Jenkins is, like, a Saints fan's pipe dream come to life. Yes, the guy is 32 now, and he's not nearly as spry as he was during his peak Eagles seasons, but he instantly gives New Orleans' defense not only immense versatility but a boost of on- and off-field leadership. Sanders, on the other hand, is one of the game's savviest, most underrated veterans at WR, and it'll be stunning if he doesn't put up numbers opposite Michael Thomas in the Saints' ultra-efficient passing game.

 

They didn't do a ton, but they did it absolutely right.

Grade: A+

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Notable additions: QB Tom Brady (Patriots), OT Joe Haeg (Colts)

Notable losses: QB Jameis Winston, RB Peyton Barber (Redskins), WR Breshad Perriman (Jets), OT Demar Dotson, DT Beau Allen (Patriots), DE Carl Nassib (Raiders)

Brady may be 42, and he may never have played outside of the Patriots' system in 20 years of NFL experience, but his addition alone changes the entire trajectory of this franchise. Is he the one and only ingredient to an instant Tampa turnaround? No. But he's close. Even if Brady's best days are behind him, he's a perfect pairing for coach Bruce Arians, who should give the six-time champ an unprecedented amount of freedom in designing and executing an offense already loaded with two elite receivers. It's merely a bonus that Brady is a stone-cold lock for fewer turnovers than Winston, who was going to be a mercurial starter as long as he stuck around.

Losing Perriman is a minor shame considering the way he finished 2019, but it's important to remember the Buccaneers' free agency was also headlined by keeping two pristine pass rushers in Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Like the Saints, they didn't overwhelm the transaction wire, but considering all the circumstances, the Buccaneers signing Tom Brady (just read that again, and think about it) ensured them a winning offseason.

 

Grade: A-

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The media is scared of the Saints. If you say anything mean about them, even if it's true, they will whine and cry and probably sue you. 

But the Bucs signed a washed up system QB. Captain Checkdown has always been in the right place at the right time. Hopefully his luck will run out. 

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Posted (edited)

This article is basically: who got the most and best of the names according to a quick write up perception?

If the Falcons moves work out, it’s easier a better offseason grade than a C.

Fowler to Beasley is at minimum a B. He can play the run and is more consistent play to play.

Gurley and Free could both be diminished so it’s fair to hold judgement, but I think you can’t question who is more productive at this point. Period.

They basically are left to look at the volume stats Hoop got vs Hurst relegated to blocking TE behind an AP in Andrews; in a run-heavy system to not include the upside there. It’s like Michael Turner stuck behind LT.

So ya once they can discount Gurley; even tho Gurley > Free should be obvious, and not adequately rate Fowler > Beasley? (Both busts) Then no wonder. We should be at least a B-. Easily an A if things work out for 2 of the moves. All 3 could work.

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29 minutes ago, Jpg428gggg said:

Off season grades... about as useful as post draft grades...

Bingo. But TATF needs that media love and won't be happy about this one. 

You have to weigh in the losses. Aints were fairly stable and have a solid roster. I'd drop them to a B though.

We lost five starters. CAR got absolutely gutted.

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10 minutes ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

Bingo. But TATF needs that media love and won't be happy about this one. 

You have to weigh in the losses. Aints were fairly stable and have a solid roster. I'd drop them to a B though.

We lost five starters. CAR got absolutely gutted.

If it’s sheer numbers Saints should be no higher than Falcons based on losses and gains...net loss entering draft.

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Exactly, I don’t take this too seriously, but thought it would be amusing entertainment while we await the draft.

Plus I felt like enjoying a nice Saints/media hate for a few minutes. ;)

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24 minutes ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

Bingo. But TATF needs that media love and won't be happy about this one. 

You have to weigh in the losses. Aints were fairly stable and have a solid roster. I'd drop them to a B though.

We lost five starters. CAR got absolutely gutted.

Oh yeah? Well since you wanna start talking other variables carrying weight, how about cap space savings?

Too insignificant to cherry pick in this case, huh?

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48 minutes ago, Schwarzwald said:

If it’s sheer numbers Saints should be no higher than Falcons based on losses and gains...net loss entering draft.

I'd say Aints are -1 net at this point and we're -2.

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3 minutes ago, Mr.11 said:

Oh yeah? Well since you wanna start talking other variables carrying weight, how about cap space savings?

Too insignificant to cherry pick in this case, huh?

We get most of our savings in June when the third wave of free agency starts.

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8 hours ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

Bingo. But TATF needs that media love and won't be happy about this one. 

You have to weigh in the losses. Aints were fairly stable and have a solid roster. I'd drop them to a B though.

We lost five starters. CAR got absolutely gutted.

yea but look at the personnel that we replaced gurley is better than freeman and fowler is better than vic beasley, and hurst has a chance with the same production as hooper has a chance to be better since he more athletic. treadwell is another big body WR so if julio gets knicked up we have another big body WR

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36 minutes ago, kenn.junior said:

yea but look at the personnel that we replaced gurley is better than freeman and fowler is better than vic beasley, and hurst has a chance with the same production as hooper has a chance to be better since he more athletic. treadwell is another big body WR so if julio gets knicked up we have another big body WR

Who replaced Tru, Campbell and Clayborn?

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31 minutes ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

Who replaced Tru, Campbell and Clayborn?

Yeah the writer did touch on this...

Parting ways with aging, injured veterans like Freeman, Clayborn and Trufant raises some concerns about depth ahead of the draft, but they should be better for those farewells in the long run.”

 

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The Panthers lost dang near 12 starters and replaced them with question marks and get a C-.

We were in cap hellll yet made a savy trade and some tough cuts to add a young promising DE and an All Pro RB and we get a C+.  Makes sense

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11 hours ago, HASHBROWN3 said:

They could have brought in Mo, Curly & Larry & the media would lap it up.

Are they available?!?!?!

Bring them HOME TD!!!!!!

 

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