Around the NFC South: Saints have CB surplus

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas


Veteran cornerbacks Jason David, Jason Craft and Aaron Glenn are on the bubble for roster spots. The Saints have Mike McKenzie, Tracy Porter and Randall Gay as their top three corners and Usama Young seems to have the edge for the No. 4 spot. That leaves either one or two roster spots for the three veterans. David, who cost the Saints a fourth-round draft pick and a $16.5 million contract in 2007, took much of the blame for last year's defensive struggles. If the Saints release him, they'll take a salary cap hit of around $3 million.


Jimmy Wilkerson, who never was able to make much of an impact in Kansas City, may parlay a strong preseason into a spot in Tampa Bay's defensive tackle rotation. Wilkerson's chances of making the roster are boosted by his ability to also play defensive end.


Although rookie Jonathan Stewart likely will play a big role at running back, the Panthers are considering using him on kickoff returns. Return specialist Ryne Robinson has been sidelined by an injury. Stewart returned kicks in college and may have more upside than Robinson.


In a story that details how the roster might look, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wonders which two quarterbacks the Falcons will keep behind rookie Matt Ryan. The team could keep Chris Redman and Joey Harrington or let one of the veterans go and keep D.J. Shockley. The guess here is the Falcons will cut Shockley, but try to bring him back to the practice squad if he makes it through waivers.