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Payton sees Vilma, Harper, Smith staying, but . . . .

Payton sees Vilma, Harper, Smith staying, but . . . .

profootballtalk.com Updated Mar 5, 2013
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 Wil
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  • Rodgers could be the next quarterback to get a new deal

    Rodgers could be the next quarterback to get a new deal

    profootballtalk.com Mar 5, 2013
    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 contr
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  • Seahawks sign Darren Fells, former international basketball pla…

    Seahawks sign Darren Fells, former international basketball player, to three-year tight end deal

    yahoo.com Mar 5, 2013
    From 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…
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  • NFC South afternoon update

    NFC South afternoon update

    ESPN.com Mar 5, 2013
    Time 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 do
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  • William Moore hopes to get deal done with Falcons soon

    William Moore hopes to get deal done with Falcons soon

    profootballtalk.com Mar 5, 2013
    The 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 o
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  • Falcons sign Antone Smith to two-year deal

    Falcons sign Antone Smith to two-year deal

    The 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.…
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  • Report: Bucs considering first-round tender for LeGarrette Blou…

    Report: Bucs considering first-round tender for LeGarrette Blount

    profootballtalk.com Mar 5, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Top 10 NFC South free agents

    Top 10 NFC South free agents

    ESPN.com Mar 5, 2013
    We’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)
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  • Joe Flacco’s deal just drove up Matt Ryan’s future cost for the…

    Joe Flacco’s deal just drove up Matt Ryan’s future cost for the Atlanta Falcons

    yahoo.com Mar 5, 2013
    When 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…
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  • NFC South's undervalued players

    NFC South's undervalued players

    ESPN.com Mar 5, 2013
    Check 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 last
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  • Around the NFC South

    Around the NFC South

    ESPN.com Mar 5, 2013
    Time 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 …
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Sports Columnists

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    Mar 5
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  • Peter King: Kuechly goes back to school; Chiefs break from Pioli's way; ma…

    Mar 5
    We 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.