So far, pretty quiet and underwhelming in the division. My opinion is that all 3 teams realize how far behind us they are at having a talented roster. I'll list the players they have that I feel are the equal or better than our own.
Falcons have some building blocks with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Jake Matthews, Desmond Trufant, and Devin Hester. That's it. Out of 23 positions we have better talent at 17. Noteworthy players they have cut are Harry Douglas, Steven Jackson, and OG Justin Blalock. Their front office structure is complicated at best, hot garbage at worst. Their head GM Thomas Dimitroff had his responsibility for scouting college and pro personnel taken away and given to Scott Pioli, but Pioli still reports to him. Meanwhile, new head coach Dan Quinn has final say over Dimitroff for the final 53 roster. And so far in free agency, they have brought in LBs Justin Durant (Cowboys-9 year vet) and Brooks Reed (Texans-5 year vet) and reserve OG/T Mike Person (Rams-5 year vet). Terrifying.
Saints have serious cap problems, but still Drew Brees, Kenny Stills, Brandin Cooks, Terron Armstead, Cameron Jordan, Junior Gallette, and Keenan Lewis would be equal or better than our players. Slight improvement over the Falcons, but we still have the edge at 16 positions. Front office structure seems sound, just have run out of road for the salary cap can to be kicked down. Noteworthy trades and releases include the loss of Jimmy Graham, LB Curtis Lofton, and RB Pierre Thomas. PT was the master of the screen, and will be missed almost as much as Graham. As far as free agency, they gained $1 million in cap space from trading Graham, but now have $9 million in dead money from him. Add on Max Unger's $4.5 million salary, and the Saints are back over the cap by about $3 million. They'll need to trade away or cut more players, or re-structure some current deals before they can play in the free agent pool.
Bucs have some pieces with Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, and Johnathan Banks are players I'd like to see in Panthers uniforms, but the rest of the roster is just as bad as the Falcons. 18 roster spots are to our advantage. The front office seems to realize it made some free agency mistakes last year, but Jason Licht and Lovie Smith are willing to own their mistakes since they cut Anthony Collins just 1 year after signing him to a hefty 5 year contract and sent Josh McCown packing. Look for them to be more cautious with who they sign this year. If anyone wants to play there that is, since they have been shut out so far in free agency. I mean, every rookie QB takes their team to the Super Bowl, right? All that cap space, no state income tax, and plenty of gentleman's clubs with working single moms within a 2 mile radius of Raymond James Stadium are Tampa's main selling points, since, you know, the team sucks.
Homer? Probably, but a realistic one. Here's to the 3-peat!