Hitting the NFC South links

Let's take a morning run through the headlines around the NFC South.

Remodeling of the Superdome is nearly complete. The dome opens this weekend with a music festival and work should be completed entirely before the Saints play a game.

In this radio interview, Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman says he believes the Bucs can be ready to jump into action quickly whenever the lockout ends. He also talks about what the team is accomplishing in a three-day set of workouts that is scheduled to end today.

Not all drafted players attended the NFLPA’s rookie event. This year, players had to pay for their own travel and that kept some of them away. One who fell into that category was Atlanta seventh-round draft pick Andrew Jackson, who stayed home in California. He’s been working out there all offseason.

Only four of Carolina’s draft picks attended the rookie event. Quarterback Cam Newton, the top overall pick in the draft, was there but declined to speak to the media.

Most Tampa Bay players stayed away from Roger Goodell as he and union chief DeMaurice Smith made a quick stop by their workout. But defensive tackle Gerald McCoy went over and hugged the NFL commissioner. McCoy said Goodell was his friend before the lockout and will be his friend after it.