NFC South links: Panthers ink Edwards

Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta linebacker Robert James has been suspended the first four games of 2010 for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

With quarterback Matt Ryan in charge, the Falcons are excited about 2010, writes Tom Pedulla of USA Today.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers signed third-round pick Armanti Edwards to a four-year deal. The deal is worth $2.5 million and includes a signing bonus just over $710,000.

New Orleans Saints

Former Saints coach John North died Tuesday at age 89.

Former kick returner Michael Lewis is enjoying his new role as a team ambassador for the Saints.

Saints fans are excited about rookie defensive end Junior Galette.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Fifth Down blog of the New York Times has a Buccaneers preview.

In a text message to the Tampa Tribune, right tackle Jeremy Trueblood said he was not involved in the incident that sparked a traffic stop that led to him being held for 13 hours in an Indiana jail Tuesday night.

The Bucs appear to have interest in supplemental draftee and BYU running back Harvey Unga, writes Roy Cummings of the Tribune.