Around the NFC South

TAMPA, Fla. -- As we wait on more news from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are in contract talks with prized free-agent receiver Vincent Jackson, let’s take a quick run through some other early free-agent developments around the NFC South.

  • The Bucs apparently aren’t focused solely on Jackson. They also are making a run at New Orleans guard Carl Nicks.

  • The Saints may be looking to replace Nicks with Ben Grubbs. They reportedly will visit with Grubbs on Wednesday.

  • The Panthers announced moments ago that they have released veteran guard Travelle Wharton after re-signing Geoff Hangartner. I'll be back in a bit with analysis on that move.

  • The Falcons have given defensive tackle Vance Walker the low tender ($1.26 million) for restricted free agents. If Walker receives an offer to another team, the Falcons have the right of first refusal.