Morning roundup: More Favre rumors

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Here are some headlines from around the division Wednesday morning.

  • There are rumors swirling that Tampa Bay general manager Bruce Allen had dinner with Brett Favre in Tampa on Monday night. Allen strongly denied that, but stayed silent when asked if the Bucs are interested in Favre.

  • The Falcons signed linebacker Robert James, a fifth-round draft choice, to a four-year contract. Atlanta has signed nine of its 11 draft picks.

  • The Saints haven't been nearly as active in getting their picks signed.

  • The Panthers signed tight end Gary Barnidge, giving them two picks under contract, and are close to a deal with seventh-round pick Mackenzy Bernadeau.