Around the NFC South

Time for a look at the Wednesday morning headlines from around the NFC South.

Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib has had his trial on an assault charge in Texas moved back to April 14. It had been scheduled for next week. Talib could face prison time if convicted, but the Bucs should know his fate before the NFL draft later in April.

In yet another sign that the Carolina Panthers really are intent on using newly-signed Mike Tolbert at fullback, Jerome Felton has signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Felton was Carolina’s fullback most of last year.

The Atlanta Falcons are suing eight of their former players in an attempt to get them to litigate workers compensation claims in Georgia instead of California.

Mike Triplett writes that Peyton Manning and the Broncos working out a contract so quickly is proof that the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees could do the same. He’s right. But I think Brees and the Saints will continue to play this one out slowly. There’s no pending deadline and no big sense of urgency. Both sides are trying to get the best deal possible from their individual perspectives.

The Panthers had four representatives at North Carolina’s pro day on Tuesday and presumably they were keeping a close watch on defensive end Quinton Coples. He’s viewed as a top-10 talent and the most athletic pass-rusher in the draft. Carolina’s picking No. 9 and may have a bigger need at defensive tackle. But it’s tough to pass on a talented pass-rusher and the Panthers have to do their homework on Coples.