NFC South's most maligned player?

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

With cornerback Jason David gone from the New Orleans Saints, the NFC South is in the market for a new most maligned player.

David held that title the last two seasons as fans repeatedly blasted him for giving up plays in the passing game. Without David around as an easy target, the division still has plenty of candidates to take his place.

A few off the top of my head:

Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme: It seems like Carolina fans either love him or hate him. There's nothing in between.

Atlanta cornerback Chris Houston: Atlanta fans like to say the Falcons don't have a true No. 1 cornerback. But the coaching staff keeps trotting Houston out there in that role.

New Orleans tight end Jeremy Shockey: He's flamboyant, he cost the Saints a lot and he really didn't do much last year. If it happens again, things will get ugly.

Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber: For years, he was a fan favorite. But that changed last year as fans and some media members began suggesting Barber was washed up. As the Bucs cleaned house of old guys in the offseason, Barber survived. The Bucs think he's got something left in the tank. If they're wrong, they're going to hear plenty about it.

Again, that's a list of one guy from each team that popped quickly to mind. You can add your own candidates. Let's hear what you think in the comments section below or hit my mailbag.