Around the NFC South

Carolina receiver Dwayne Jarrett said his agent approached the Panthers about trading him during the offseason. Nothing happened. But, then again, do you really think another team would have given up anything for Jarrett?

New Orleans coach Sean Payton said Carolina coach John Fox will be a top free agent if he becomes available after this season. That’s probably true. But keep in mind Fox and Payton are extremely close and there’s a code among coaches that you try to help out your buddies.

The Saints are going to take it right down to game time to make a decision on running back Pierre Thomas, who has an ankle injury. Get ready to see a lot of Chris Ivory and Ladell Betts if Thomas can’t go.

The NFL has sent warning letters to bars and restaurants that showed Tampa Bay’s game against Pittsburgh despite a local television blackout. The league is threatening fines of $150,000 for future violations.

There won’t be any local television blackout in Atlanta Sunday when the Falcons host the 49ers.

Although neither side would confirm the compensation when the deal was made, Mike Reiss reports the Falcons will receive a seventh-round pick for offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka, who the Patriots recently released. By getting anything for Ojinnaka, Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff has the early lead in the battle for Executive of the Year.