CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- I just got settled into temporary NFC South Blog headquarters where I’ll be covering the minicamp for the Carolina Panthers that starts Tuesday.
Let’s catch up on what’s going on around the division:
There already is one preseason All-Rookie team out and it has three NFC South players on it. Carolina defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, Atlanta cornerback Desmond Trufant and New Orleans safety Kenny Vaccaro are all on it. I wouldn’t be surprised if any or all three of them are on All-Rookie teams once the season actually is played. All three should be impact players right from the start.
Former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, now a member of the staff of the Tennessee Titans, said he never had a doubt he’d be back in the NFL after the bounty scandal. I did have some doubts. I thought if anyone was going to face permanent banishment it would be Williams. But I think he helped his situation by staying quiet, which must have been tough for him, during last season’s suspension.
The Falcons have settled on a partnership between an Arizona-based contracting firm and an Atlanta firm to build the new stadium, pending contract approval.
Stephen Holder has the breakdown of the financial impact of the trade the Bucs made for Gabe Carimi. The Bucs are only on the hook for Carimi’s base salary of a little over $1 million this year. If they’re happy with him, they can bring him back in 2014 for a total amount of around $1.3 million. That’s reasonable money for a backup tackle and could be a great bargain for the Bucs if Carimi ends up being a starter.