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NFC South News and Rumors
Payton sees Vilma, Harper, Smith staying, but . . . .
With the Saints trying to clean up a cap mess, they may have to part ways with some players who have been a big part of the team’s recent success. For now, coach Sean Payton doesn’t think he’ll be without linebacker Jonathan Vilma, defensive end WilUpvote Share Tweet
It’s widely believed that the next wave of quarterbacks to get new deals in the wake of the Joe Flacco contract will include Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. But the most glaring contrUpvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Mar 5, 2013From Tony Gonzalez to Jimmy Graham and with many names in between, the names of former high-ticket basketball players who have successfully converted to the tight end position at the NFL level is pretty long. Graham, the current standout tight end for t…Upvote Share Tweet
NFC South afternoon updateTime for a run through some odds and ends from around the division: ATLANTA FALCONS D. Orlando Ledbetter writes that a contract extension for quarterback Matt Ryan could end up costing the Falcons nearly $140 million. That’s a huge sum, but I have no doUpvote Share TweetThe franchise tag deadline came and went without the Falcons using theirs, leaving open the possibility that safety William Moore will hit the open market next week. While Moore isn’t upset about going tagless - it would have guaranteed him a salary oUpvote Share TweetThe Falcons signed running back Antone Smith to a two-year deal Tuesday, giving themselves some cost certainty and a special teamer. Smith was going to be a restricted free agent, but other teams are trying to lock up guys at something less than the $1.…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Bucs considering first-round tender for LeGarrette BlountThe Buccaneers used a first-round pick to bring running back Doug Martin to Tampa last season and they might want one in return for allowing the guy who Martin replaced in the starting lineup to leave as a restricted free agent. Roy Cummings of the Tamp…Upvote Share TweetWe’re a week away from the start of free agency, so let’s rank the division’s top 10 free agents. We’re talking only true unrestricted free agents with expiring contracts and not guys that already have been released (like Michael Turner last week)Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Mar 5, 2013When Joe Flacco signed his monstrous, NFL-record deal last week, the reverberations shook the foundations of quite a few teams who just realized it's going to cost them a lot more to keep their franchise QBs. Chief among those: the Atlanta Falcons, whos…Upvote Share Tweet
NFC South's undervalued playersCheck out this Insider post with the league’s 24 most undervalued players. It features a couple of NFC South players and both are excellent choices. Let’s start with New Orleans’ Brian De La Puente. He was one of the league’s biggest bargains lastUpvote Share Tweet
Around the NFC SouthTime for a morning look at some headlines from around the NFC South: ATLANTA FALCONS Scott Carasik has a list of free-agent tight ends the Falcons could pursue if Tony Gonzalez retires. He has Martellus Bennett and Jared Cook at the top of the list and …Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Trotter: Hue Jackson left wondering what derailed a once promising fut…Mar 5This is not the Hue Jackson most football fans have come to know. He is seated on the edge of his king bed in a downtown Indianapolis hotel room, the smell of onions from room service heavy in the air. He is talking softly and slowly -- a strong contras…
Peter King: Kuechly goes back to school; Chiefs break from Pioli's way; ma…Mar 5We interrupt the never-ending hype for NFL free agency (when, by the way, is the last time a great free agent class led a team deep into that season's playoffs?) to talk about 15 weeks that no one ever talks about. But people should.