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NFC South: 4 bold predictions for the 2021 offseason

The NFC South looks to become one of the most competitive divisions in the league once this offseason is through. The New Orleans Saints roster is completely stacked, however, there is a possibility Drew Brees comes back for one more season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just won Super Bowl LV after acquiring Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski last offseason. This franchise will likely be pushing one-year deals to some of the top talents in the free-agent pool to create a super team.

It’s no secret the Carolina Panthers are looking to upgrade their quarterback position this offseason. They’ve been rumored to be in the hunt for Deshaun Watson, but there is a possibility they fail to make a trade happen. If so, this franchise will look to the draft to find their next quarterback.

As for the Atlanta Falcons, they just hired Arthur Smith to be their head coach. He was the offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans, who finished as a top-three offense in the league last season. The Falcons hope to get back at the top of the league with his coaching prowess, and a possible running back acquisition in the NFL draft.

Each of these NFC South organizations should be bust this offseason, however, the Saints aren’t in a position financially to make a huge splash this offseason. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers still have the cap space to sign almost whoever they want in free agency.

Carolina will be hoping to find a franchise quarterback this offseason, while the Falcons aim to finally get back to their winning ways since losing to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

New Orleans Saints bold prediction – Drew Brees comes back for one more year

With Drew Brees’ trainer posting a video on Saturday, it’s now speculated the 20-year veteran makes a return to New Orleans once again. Last season, Brees threw for 2,942 yards and 24 touchdowns. He’s also sustained injuries the last two years, forcing him to miss nine games in that span.

Head coach Sean Payton claims Brees was supposed to give him his answer on retirement, but it never came. Additionally, Brees agreed to take a pay cut, giving the Saints a bit more money to play with this offseason. Clearly, Brees is not in this for the money anymore. It’s possible he watched a 43-year-old Tom Brady win the Super Bowl and feels he can do the same for New Orleans next year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers bold prediction – Sign Von Miller

With Von Miller being 32 by next season, and no word from the Denver Broncos front office in bringing him back, it’s beginning to look like the former Super Bowl MVP may be suiting up for a new team next year. He missed the entirety of the 2020 season and hopes to come back to full health soon.

For the Buccaneers, this would be a steal. The front office may convince Miller to take a pay cut to play one year with a Tom Brady team, in the hopes of winning the NFC South and capturing a second consecutive Super Bowl. With an already impressive defense, Miller puts this Bucs defense over the top, making them an even bigger favorite to win it all again.

Carolina Panthers bold prediction- Draft Justin Fields

The Carolina Panthers were abysmal last season, to say the least. However, the future looks bright in Carolina. The young defense played much better than expected, and the offense is loaded with talent as well. This franchise believes they’re a quarterback away from becoming a playoff-caliber organization once again.

The chances of trading for Deshaun Watson are slowly melting away for the Panthers, as the Denver Broncos have emerged as the favorites to acquire the superstar quarterback via trade.

For that reason, the Panthers should be searching for a quarterback in the draft. To select Justin Fields, they may have to move up in the draft, which is already a move some are expecting to happen. Fields has the potential to become a superstar one day, and with a supporting cast of Christian McCaffrey, DJ Moore, and Robby Anderson, the sky would be the limit for the Ohio State Buckeye.

Atlanta Falcons bold prediction – Draft Najee Harris

It’s been reported the Falcons don’t plan on moving Matt Ryan or Julio Jones this offseason. Additionally, this team actually has a decent roster. It’s been believed that coaching and scheming was the main problem, which is why the front office hired Arthur Smith as their head coach.

With not much cap space, it’s likely to be a quiet free agency for the Falcons. However, come draft day, the Falcons are a team speculated in trading back. If they do so, they should be able to acquire more picks to continue building the roster.

If they do trade back, Atlanta should be able to select the best available player to fill one of their biggest needs. Najee Harris was a monster in Alabama and he aims to continue that dominance at the professional level.

With Todd Gurley potentially leaving, replacing him with Najee Harris would be the best move for this franchise.