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The NFL released its daily list of transactions on Thursday afternoon and a couple of previously unreported moves by the Buccaneers joined the release of Falcons tackle Tyson Clabo and defensive tackle Mike Patterson’s addition to the Giants. The BuccanUpvote Share Tweet
New Falcons stadium moves closer to realityThe Panthers and Dolphins are learning how hard it is to finagle public funding for a new stadium absent the threat of relocation. The Falcons, on the other hand, are making it look easy. Not long after it looked like Arthur Blank’s team would be buildiUpvote Share Tweet
NFC South afternoon updateTime for an afternoon run through some news and notes from around the division: ATLANTA FALCONS Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic-development agency, voted to approve a hotel tax that will help finance a new downtown stadium for the Falcons. This wasUpvote Share Tweet
Dimitroff says Falcons still looking at tight end positionTight end Tony Gonzalez was 95-percent certain to retire after the 2012 season. And the long shot won the race. So with Gonzalez coming back, are the Falcons not looking for tight end help in the draft? “You don’t deviate from your plan when you go inUpvote Share TweetCoach Sean Payton’s return to the sidelines will come in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. After sitting out last season because of a suspension, Payton and the Saints will open their preseason schedule at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. The exact timeUpvote Share Tweet
Falcons will open on national stageAfter coming within 10 yards of the Super Bowl and having an active offseason, the Atlanta Falcons already figured to be in the spotlight as next season opens. As it turns out, they’ll be on the national stage even before that. The Falcons will kick offUpvote Share TweetMel Kiper Jr. has his latest Insider mock draft out, so let’s take a look at what he has the NFC South teams doing. At No. 13, Kiper has the Bucs taking Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. Cornerback is Tampa Bay’s biggest need at the moment, but thUpvote Share Tweet
Panthers need to utilize RBsIt’s Trivia Thursday, so let’s jump straight to the question. What NFC South unit in 2012 was the most overpriced and underutilized, and helped get a general manager fired? The answer is the Carolina Panthers’ backfield. Yes, in 2012, the trio of DeUpvote Share Tweet
Tyrann Mathieu visiting BuccaneersThe Buccaneers were expected to be bidders for free agent cornerbacks this offseason, but they haven’t been able to land any veteran help at the spot thus far. Given how poor their pass defense was last season, it’s a spot they’ll have to address inUpvote Share TweetThe Atlanta Falcons on Thursday released starting right tackle Tyson Clabo in a salary-cap move.Upvote Share TweetSalary-cap information generally is kept top secret, but the NFL Players Association took the rare step of making some of it public Wednesday. Presumably in an attempt to show how much cap room remains unused, the NFLPA publicly put out numbers on how m…Upvote Share TweetLet’s take a run through some odds and ends from around the division: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS The Bucs have made a lot of minor moves lately, and Stephen Holder writes that they’re building depth and competition. The added depth is particularly importantUpvote Share Tweet
Inside the Huddle: More Movin' & Groovin'Apr 4John Clayton's Inside the Huddle breaks down four fascinating factors brought on by free agency and team trades: Carson Palmer to the Cards, Matt Flynn to the Raiders, Darrius Heyward-Bey becomes a Colt and the NFC South has a cornerback crisis.
Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff on Brian Banks signing: 'This isn't a charity case'Apr 4Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff discusses the team's signing of exonerated free-agent running back Brian Banks, as well as some of Atlanta's other offseason moves.