Around the NFC South

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Time for a quick trip through the NFC South local headlines.

  • Looks like the Bucs are focusing on re-signing cornerback Phillip Buchanon before he can be a free agent. They also want to do the same with safety Jermaine Phillips.

  • Although the Falcons have declared they won't be pursuing free-agent defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, look for them to get another defensive tackle in the draft or as a less-expensive free agent. But don't forget about Trey Lewis. The Falcons quietly are anxious to see what he can do.

  • Tom Sorensen says Julius Peppers is not a villain, and he's right. Just try telling that to Panthers fans. There's more to this story than we all know. It just would be nice if Peppers, or his agent, would come out and say precisely why Peppers wants out of Carolina so badly. That might clear up a lot of misconceptions.

  • Gibril Wilson, who was released by the Raiders on Friday, could be at the top of the Saints' list as they look to upgrade at free safety.