Around the NFC South

The third day of free agency is starting off much more quietly in the NFC South than the first two. Let’s see if it stays that way and let’s kick it off by taking a look at the latest headlines around the division.

It took quite a bit of time, but the New Orleans Saints finally have found a replacement for Curtis Johnson, who left to become the head coach at Tulane. He’ll be replaced by Henry Ellard, who played for the Redskins and Rams and has spent the past three seasons coaching receivers for the Jets.

Jeff Duncan writes that the Saints’ offense won’t get any worse after the loss of guard Carl Nicks and receiver Robert Meachem. I’ll go ahead and agree with that, but I’ll also say I don’t think the offense will get any better. Then again, there’s not a lot of room for improvement.

D. Orlando Ledbetter reports the Falcons still are interested in defensive end Kendall Langford, who has visited with the Bengals. I’m still convinced the Falcons will add a pass-rusher somewhere in free agency. And probably a left tackle, too.

Baltimore free-agent safety Haruki Nakamura will visit the Carolina Panthers. Don’t get too excited. Nakamura has been a career backup and special-teams player.

We already told you linebacker David Hawthorne will be visiting the Saints. But the team also is showing interest in Denver linebacker Joe Mays.