South Notes: Bucs, Colts, Vinatieri, Jaguars

Although the Buccaneers ultimately stood pat prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline, they did inquire on available cornerbacks, tweets Jenna Laine of Only one cornerback — former Giant/current Saint Eli Apple — was traded near the deadline, but others, including Janoris Jenkins (Giants), Chris Harris and Bradley Roby (Broncos), and Gareon Conley (Raiders), were thought to be available. Tampa Bay has already lost corners Vernon Hargreaves and Marcus Williams for the season, and are currently fielding the NFL’s worst pass defense by DVOA, so adding help in the back end was certainly a priority. The Buccaneers reportedly also targeted Giants safety Landon Collins but weren’t able to come to an agreement with New York.

Here’s more from the NFL’s two South divisions:

  • Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, now the NFL’s all-time scoring leader, has no interest in playing for any team besides Indianapolis, according to Mike Chappell of FOX59 (Twitter link). Although he’s now 45 years old, Vinatieri intends to play beyond the 2018 campaign, and the Colts would have interest in re-signing him if he keeps producing at his current level. As Chappell notes, Vinatieri and his family have settled in Indianapolis — he’s now been with the Colts for longer than he played for the Patriots — and the Colts should be contenders in 2019. Vinatieri, who signed a one-year, $3.625MM deal in the spring, has converted 14-of-16 field goals and 21-of-23 extra points this season.
  • Both the Jaguars and the Rams believed that moving Dante Fowler out of his home state of Florida would be beneficial to the young pass rusher, as Albert Breer of writes. Fowler, who was traded to Los Angeles on Tuesday, played collegiately at the University of Florida, and there’s a feeling that relocating — be it to California or anywhere that is not Florida — will be a positive. Additionally, Jacksonville has several looming defensive extensions on the horizon, including deals for stars Jalen Ramsey and Yannick Ngakoue, so keeping Fowler around wasn’t a must. Plus, as Breer details, Fowler wasn’t exactly a key cog on the Jaguars’ defense, as he’d played on only 32% of the club’s defensive snaps to this point.
  • In case you missed it, Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport — whom New Orleans traded up to select in the first round of this year’s draft — is expected to miss a month or so after suffering a toe injury. Here’s how the Saints intend to replace the rookie pass rusher.
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8 comments on “South Notes: Bucs, Colts, Vinatieri, Jaguars

  1. JJB0811

    Moving from Jacksonville to LA shouldn’t be considered ‘beneficial’. I live in Jax, it’s boring; LA isn’t.

    • I took it as Fowler has bad influences in Florida. And moving West would remove him from those distractions and influences so he can focus on football… but I think that statement can be read a number of different ways, ultimately, moving out of Jacksonville should make him a more productive player, possibly.

      • crosseyedlemon

        If a person is drawn to bad influences or a certain lifestyle it’s naive to think a geographic change is going to make any difference.

          • crosseyedlemon

            Your point is valid under certain conditions that are usually extreme. A young kid that is transported from the comforts of America into a war environment in the jungles of Asia is definitely going to be a changed person. I’m saying that a person’s inherent nature in normal circumstances doesn’t change simply be going for east to west or north to south.

  2. Kwflanne

    I’m sorry…. did this just say the colts should be contenders next season?!?! Ummmm….

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