May 20, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith (94) during organized team activities at the Methodist Training Center at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL free agency: Antonio Smith getting interest from Falcons, Panthers, and Buccaneers


With Michael Bennett re-signed to the Seattle Seahawks, Michael Johnson expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arthur Jones leaning towards joining the Indianapolis Colts, the defensive end market could be moving swiftly once NFL free agency officially kicks off this afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.

One of the next dominoes to fall after the top three will be veteran defensive end Antonio Smith, who is beginning to pick up interest from teams looking to deal in the secondary market.

According to Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 Phoenix, Smith is generating interest from the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. By looking at the interest he is receiving, it looks like a safe bet that he will be joining the NFC South in 2014.

Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com leading up to and throughout the official start of NFL free agency as we keep you up to date with the latest buzz and rumors.

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