The Pro Football Notebook

April 21, 2010 12:48 PM

Spring Overview: AFC South

It was a pretty quiet division in the offseason all things considered. Those things to consider being that Indianapolis is coming off a big disappointment in the Super Bowl and has a closing window of opportunity while Peyton Manning stays in his prime. The Colts re-signed Gary Brackett and let veteran kicker Matt Stover go. Although the defense may get a big boost if playmaking safety Bob Sanders returns healthy. Tennessee and Houston aren't far from being really good themselves, although all the Titans did was re-up LenDale White, the backup to NFL rushing leader Chris Johnson. Houston retained its top linebacker and defensive captain DeMeco Ryan with a big six-year deal and added offensive lineman Wade Smith. Of course just because these teams were relatively quiet isn't a bad sign. It's just modestly surprising in light of how close they all are to reaching different levels of excellence.

It was Jacksonville who made the biggest splash in the offseason, adding passrusher Aaron Kampman, who was left out in the cold after a change in defensive structure in Green Bay, but is one of the best sack artists in the league when playing in a 4-3 scheme. The Jaguars also picked special teams stud Kassim Osgood as they enter a must-win year for head coach Jack Del Rio.

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