Picking One Legend: Week 6 - NFC South
We are back to pick out one legend for each NFL team who would be the best fit for their current needs. This week we take a look at the needs of the NFC South
New Orleans Saints - Wayne Martin (DE)
The Saints finished the 2016 season with a very sad 30 sacks, and while they made a couple moves to give Cameron Jordan a little help in the pass rush, they may still come up well short of expectations. Wayne Martin may have only made one Pro Bowl appearance, but his impact in the organization is undeniable. In his ten years with the Saints, he amassed an impressive 82.5 sacks, making him second all-time in franchise history. This member of the Saints Hall of Fame would come in and make an immediate impact, undoubtedly reaping the benefits of offensive double teams being focused on Jordan.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Warrick Dunn (HB)
Doug Martin may still be pretty young at 28, but his off-field problems combined with his propensity for getting hurt make him an unreliable-at-best running back option. Warrick Dunn was easily the best back in Tampa Bay history, earning Rookie of the Year honors in his first season, and seemingly getting better every time he touched the ball. Dunn's speed and natural ability earned him 3 Pro Bowl appearances over the course of his career and helped him to end his career with over 10,000 yards. He could very well be the piece that would bring a young Bucs squad to playoff contention. And, by the way, he is an incredible person off the field.
Atlanta Falcons - Bill Fralic (OG)
Those dirty birds in Atlanta lost a major player with the retirement of guard Chris Chester. Somebody needs to help veterans Alex Mack and Andy Levitre keep Matt Ryan's jersey clean, and though they made a fourth round guard selection in the NFL Draft, they may feel more comfortable with a proven stud like Bill Fralic. This member of the NFL 1980's All-Decade Team was know as an absolutely ferocious blocker, moving defensive players at will and creating holes you could drive a truck through. Not only would this 4-time Pro Bowl selection keep Matt Ryan off his back, but he would clear some major holes for the Falcons electrifying run game.
Carolina Panthers - Julius Peppers (DE)
Yeah, I know...he was just resigned by the Panthers. But this whole thing is pretend, so let's just have some fun here, shall we? If the Panthers could get back rookie-year Peppers, they would be getting back a straight-up monster of a man. In the early 2000's, offensive linemen all over the league were waking up from nightmares about this speedy, athletic freak who seemingly couldn't be stopped. This 9-time Pro Bowler and 2004 NFC Defensive MVP has already cemented a place for himself in the Hall of Fame someday, and his ridiculous 143.5 career sacks have him listed at the 5th best in league history.
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