Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo: NFC South News for Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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Updated: February 26, 2013

Good morning, folks, and welcome to WCSN Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo, your daily serving of NFC South news for Tuesday, February 26th, 2013.

Today has been a landmark day for American outdoor enthusiasts, as it was the day when both the Grand Canyon (1919) and Grand Tetons (1929) became national parks. Speaking as someone who has been to (and thoroughly enjoyed) both places, I would like to thank presidents Wilson and Coolidge for their foresight in preserving these beautiful parks.

Thanks to the foresight of Calvin Coolidge, the Grand Tetons will forever be preserved in all their splendor.

Thanks to the foresight of Calvin Coolidge, the Grand Tetons will forever be preserved in all their splendor.

In not so exciting news, today marks the fourth and final day of the NFL Combine, leaving football enthusiasts with nothing happening until free agency opens at 4:00 p.m. EST on March 12. Sure, teams can slap players with the franchise tag and re-sign their own free agents, but that doesn’t move the needle like going out there and poaching stars from other teams! Take heart, stout football fanatics: March 12th is a mere 14 days away.

NFC South News

In the meantime, you can keep yourself occupied reading and discussing these links!

Wide receiver Mike Williams is in line for a nice new contract this offseason.

Wide receiver Mike Williams is in line for a nice new contract this offseason.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Speaking of free agency, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been expected to make quite a splash there this year with over $30 million in cap space.

But recent comments by general manager Mark Dominik suggest that , when they doled out over $130 million in contracts to wide receiver Vincent Jackson, defensive back Eric Wright, and guard Carl Nicks. It sounds like Dominik wants to avoid spending for the sake of spending, and he does say the team “wants to be positioned in case something makes sense.” This is a smart move in my book, as throwing money recklessly around doesn’t really work in the NFL (just ask the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins).

One way Tampa Bay will look to spend some of that money is on working out a contract extension with Mike Williams, who has one year left on his rookie contract. , according to both the Bucs and Williams’ agent, but talks are going to wait until after the draft. Having a second receiver who can be consistently productive is extremely valuable, so Tampa will doubtless be very careful not to let Williams hit free agency next year.

Could Shonn Greene be a target of the Falcons in free agency?

Could Shonn Greene be a target of the Falcons in free agency?

Atlanta Falcons

With veteran running back , the Falcons have a clear need to add another running back this offseason. All is not lost, though, as and will be part of the team’s plans going forward. However, the Falcons will certainly need a second back to pair with Rodgers, and they could look to the draft, where .

Another option is to look for a veteran running back in free agency, and the . Personally, I don’t see the value in paying for a back who has never been terribly productive, but Greene could be a good fit at the right price.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers could look at wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with their first round pick.

The Carolina Panthers could look at Texas wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with their first round pick.

I am not a huge fan of , but they do have an interesting article (with no slides!) about why the Panthers should select  out of Texas if he is still available when they pick in the first round. Although Steve Smith is aging and the team doesn’t have much behind him, I still think they have far more pressing needs on the defensive side of the ball.

Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com has some , including a story about current Panthers (and recent Combine stars) quarterback Cam Newton and linebacker Luke Kuechly going back to college to finish their degrees. Strickland also observes that Carolina only has five draft choices this year, as they traded away their third and seventh round picks.

Sorry this is kind of a boring link, but I literally could not find anything else Panthers-related online. If some Panthers fans would like to enlighten me to some good sites to go to for articles, I would be extremely grateful. (Or better yet, you could just start writing WCSN Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo yourself).

The Saints could use a defensive playmaker like Tyrann Mathieu, but he comes with enough baggage that he would likely need his own plane for away games.

The New Orleans Saints could use a defensive playmaker like Tyrann Mathieu, but he comes with enough baggage that he would likely need his own plane for away games.

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles is a tiny sparkplug, a mighty mite who uses outstanding quickness to make big plays in both the running and passing games. But Sproles knows he can get better, and wants to to let holes develop before he turns on the jets. This is not a change that the casual fan would notice while watching the game, but better patience (and the vision that requires) could certainly help Sproles be more effective in 2013.

Jeff Duncan of the New-Orleans Times-Picayune argues that , a former star at cornerback for local college team LSU. Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011 before being kicked off the team before the 2012 season, and he has not played a down of football in over a year. He certainly has talent and potential, but also lots of baggage, and could be the perfect high-upside pick in the middle to late rounds for a defense that is in desperate need of playmakers. As an added bonus, the Saints could probably garner some cap savings by paying him in marijuana instead of cash.

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About the author

Jon Vander Woude enjoys writing in-depth analytical articles that examine statistical trends in the NFL offseason. He also covers the Chicago Bears beat for Water Cooler Sports. Despite growing up in Michigan, California, and Miami, he had the good fortune to be reared by a father who grew up in Chicago raised him to root for the Bears, Bulls, and Cubs. Feel free to write him at with any questions, comments, or suggestions for future columns. Connect with

197 comments
Maized and Confused
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Personally, I'm gonna sue the pants off of Danica Patrick.

Not that she's done anything, I'd just like to try to get her pants off.

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

I don't usually like Jason Whitlock, but he's spot-on here.

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

I hope this means GB doesn't get him then. I don't want to get into a bidding war for the guy.

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

a stunning recap of Detroit's impeccable drafting abilities in the last 4 years

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

this is awesome

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

mentally challenged team manager gets to play in a game, and his opponent passes him the ball so he can get a chance to shoot and score.  

SDL
SDL like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

You fucking clowns are hilarious...

Sure.  Nobody injured by someone else's fuck-ups should ever seek compensation.

The fucking insurance companies should just keep selling policies, keep collecting premiums and never pay a fucking claim (in other words: keep getting stinking rich and then richer)

Shoulda been your mothers... then we'd see how you cunts felt when the insurance company told your moms to go pound sand and be bankrupted by catastrophic medical bills


Bro Montana
Bro Montana like.author.displayName 1 Like

 I missed what this is in response to, but bra-fucking-vo.

jwoude23 Bear Down
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  people suing Nascar after being injured.  

natradamus
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   I never said anything of the sort.  I just was not that interested in reading about it.  I am guessing that NASCAR claims safety at the events- obviously shit happens- but they should not just let there fans get financially fucked if "shit happens"

Bro Montana
Bro Montana like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

   Your damages are a hell of a lot different when you get hit with a baseball vs. a fucking car.

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

   If I go to a baseball game and get a concussion getting hit by a foul ball, I'm not suing MLB.  

If I get hurt sitting courtside at a basketball game by a player diving for a loose ball, I'm not suing the NBA.  

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

   lots of us.  You pay money to sit that close to cars going that fast, you know the risks.  

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

   Who is saying they shouldn't be suing?

Bro Montana
Bro Montana like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

   Oh. I'd absolutely sue the shit out of them.

natradamus
natradamus moderator

deadspin says brady deal is creative accounting- and is actually getting a raise- though signing bonus so it doesn't count against the cap now


Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

I enjoyed your mom's Grand Tetons, if you know what I mean.

SDL
SDL like.author.displayName 1 Like

 

I'd like to conquer the grand teat-ons I just posted over on LTSFW, if you can scale the peaks of my subtle metaphor


Green and Gold
Green and Gold moderator

  You did a great work SDL

SDL
SDL

   

Somebody else posted that pic, here, a long, long time ago (?Raji)

I just massaged it in Photoshop and saved it (I found this pair to be quite memorable)


jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

geez, man, grow a pair.  "I got hurt sitting up close to cars going 200+ mph, who can I get to give me money???"

andylet445
andylet445 like.author.displayName 1 Like

how many of those 20 'victims' were the first to stand up and start cheering their redneck asses off when that crash started?

natradamus
natradamus moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

 I didn't read anything beyond "good news- our ambulance chasers managed to sign all three victims"

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

  there were over 20 "victims"

natradamus
natradamus moderator

  they only care about the other victims settlements

FTW

ReggiesNoJackpondavre
ReggiesNoJackpondavre moderator

yayyy!! its here.

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

 what's their 40-yard delivery time?

ReggiesNoJackpondavre
ReggiesNoJackpondavre moderator

  


hmm..well it was like 11 minutes..and 2.1 miles away



which comes to a 7.14 40 yard time haha

natradamus
natradamus moderator

   its February woude.   I know in his case its in lousiana-  but it would still be a 5 min mile running

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

   I'm just saying I'm not impressed by their delivery time in a CAR when someone running could get there faster

natradamus
natradamus moderator

  employing world class runners as delivery boys would raise the cost of delivery to a point where the sandwich would not be worth it

ReggiesNoJackpondavre
ReggiesNoJackpondavre moderator

   this is true. lets say it was more like 9.5 minutes


its now 6.17 40yd time lol

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

  a world-class runner could deliver the sandwich in less time than that, assuming they can make it in about a minute (they can).  

natradamus
natradamus moderator

  but- they also have to prepare the sandwich-  

that was freaky fast delivery