Hitting the links

Here’s another article that suggests the Panthers could move Jon Beason from middle linebacker to the weak side now that Thomas Davis is hurt again. Let me just emphasize again this is only a possibility. The Panthers have lots of options at linebacker with James Anderson and Jamar Williams as candidates to play on the outside and Dan Connor on the inside. What the Panthers have to decide on is which balancing act gives them their three best linebackers on the field.

New Orleans receiver Lance Moore officially signed his tender as a restricted free agent. There still remains the possibility the Saints could work a long-term deal with him. Moore attended offseason workouts, unlike some of the other New Orleans restricted free agents, and that fact may help his cause.

Tampa Bay co-chairman Bryan Glazer spoke at a Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce gathering Friday. He addressed the possibility of an 18-game season, said local television blackouts could be a reality this season and said the team is committed to building with youth. The Glazers get knocked quite a bit for not talking very often. There’s been a subtle change in philosophies and you’re going to see the Glazers become a bit more visible in the public eye. They’re not going to suddenly turn into Jerry Jones or Dan Snyder, but you’re going to see more of them than you have in the past.

The Bucs released linebacker Angelo Crowell. He’ll go down as one of the worst free-agent signings in franchise history. The Bucs didn’t pay Crowell a ton of money when they first signed him, but they thought he had a chance to start. He had some injuries and contributed absolutely nothing to Tampa Bay.

Atlanta owner Arthur Blank has been chosen to receive the Four Pillar Award.