Hitting the NFC South links

Atlanta Falcons

Troy Heinzman takes a look at the Falcons' draft tendencies since 2008.

Mike Reiter writes that the Falcons should strongly consider bringing back pending free agent cornerback Brian Williams.

ESPN's John Clayton addresses the Falcons' draft needs in his mailbag.

The Jets have hired former Falcons assistant Bill Hughan as their new strength coach, replacing Sal Alosi.

Carolina Panthers

Potential No. 1 overall draft pick, Da'Quan Bowers, underwent arthroscopic surgery shortly after Clemson's loss in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. It's unclear how the surgery will affect Bowers at the NFL combine.

The Panthers should attempt to trade receiver Steve Smith for more draft picks, according NFL.com's Michael Lombardi.

New Orleans Saints

Mike Triplett looks at some veteran players who may need to renegotiate their contracts to stick with the Saints. Among the candidates: Reggie Bush, Jeremy Shockey and Devery Henderson.

The Saints could play in the first game of the regular season for the second straight year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Quarterback Josh Freeman plans to continue working out with teammates even if the owners lock the players out in early March.

Former Bucs Derrick Brooks and Mike Alstott were inducted Friday night into the Tampa Sports Hall of Fame.