NFC Notes: Falcons, Bowles, Newton

There is no need for the Falcons to start thinking about another kicker, regardless of Matt Bryant‘s age, writes Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap. Still, there’s plenty of work for Atlanta to do this offseason. The Falcons, he writes, should consider bringing back defensive tackle Corey Peters in 2015. He’s talented and played well when given the opportunity, though he’ll want money similar to what Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai got. More from the NFC South..

  • Cardinals free safety Rashad Johnson has nothing but nice things to say about Falcons coaching candidate Todd Bowles. “He’s very aggressive, but at the same time, he knows how to mix it up because teams have learned that he’s a very aggressive guy,” Johnson told Vaughn McClure of “He’s just very smart about how he brings his pressures.”
  • Panthers star Cam Newton is a quarterback worth wagering on, writes Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer. Giving Newton a ~$100MM deal would be a risk, but it’s a gamble that is worth taking in Sorensen’s view. Still, he’ll need some help in the form of a tackle (or two) and another receiver.
  • Exiled defensive end Greg Hardy left a cryptic message for his Panthers teammates on the white board, as Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer writes. Still, Panthers cornerback Josh Norman hopes Sunday was not goodbye. “A guy of that caliber, man, we need that,” Norman said. “Hands down, I would welcome that and relish the chance to play with that guy again.”
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