The NFC South is loaded with talent and some outside teams could look to dip into some of the talent they have to offer. The NFC South, a division that has seen loads of success in recent seasons, is amongst the best in the league and has a lot of guys who could be dealt.
At this point in time, the division seems to have one major Super Bowl contender and another team that could be a contender. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are without a doubt a favorite to win a second consecutive ring, while Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints could be very competitive following Drew Brees’ departure.
No matter what ends up happening, there could be more player movement this offseason. All four teams in the NFC South could have a player or two that they would be willing to part with for the right price.
Let’s take a look at one player each team in the NFC South could consider trading for the right deal.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints are in an interesting time of their franchise. Their franchise quarterback recently retired and there is a lot of uncertainty as to who will take reigns as the quarterback under center.
Many people, including myself, believe Jameis Winston will be getting the starting nod over Taysom Hill and Ian Book, which could frustrate Hill. I think the one player the Saints have that they could trade is Hill.
The Saints agreed to a team-controlled contract extension this offseason with Hill, but they could still look to trade him away to a needy team in hopes of landing some draft stock or immediate talent in an area of need. A couple teams to keep an eye on for a potential trade for Taysom Hill could be the Green Bay Packers or Houston Texans.
One player the Carolina Panthers have that I believe they could spare is running back Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey missed the majority of the 2020 season with an injury and in his absence they saw success from other players.
The Panthers have some capable backs on their roster in Trenton Cannon and Chuba Hubbard, and we could see McCaffrey be dealt away for a lot of draft capitol or capable players. McCaffrey has been one of the best running backs in the league over the past few seasons, but the Panthers flirted with the idea of dealing away their star running back for Deshaun Watson or other assets this offseason.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the rebuilding Panthers make a big move and deal away CMC. This move would certainly change the landscape in the NFC South.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are fresh off of a Super Bowl winning season and they could look to repeat that success in 2021. However, they could also field some trade offers and one player that could be on some teams’ radars is tight end OJ Howard.
Howard hasn’t lived up the expectations he set for himself when he entered the league as a first-round pick back in 2017 and he could be dealt for some draft capitol this offseason. He is currently sitting behind both Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate on the Bucs’ depth chart and there are some teams in need of a tight end who could send them some offers for the young tight end.
A couple teams to keep an eye on in a potential trade could be the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, or the Seattle Seahawks.
The Atlanta Falcons had a disappointing season in 2020, which led them to adding tight end Kyle Pitts with their number four overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. Although the Falcons struggled in 2020, they do have plenty of players who could be great assets on other teams.
One player the Falcons could consider dealing away before the start of the season is wide receiver Julio Jones. Jones has been one of the NFL’s best receivers since his arrival to the league back in 2011, but his time with the Falcons could come to an end.
Jones has been tied into several trade rumors this offseason and a wide receiver needy team like the Green Bay Packers or Baltimore Ravens could be a great fit for Jones. A trade involving Jones would be a major shakeup to what has become the normal landscape in the NFC South.