Around the NFC South

Let’s take a run through the afternoon headlines from around the NFC South.

Here’s an off-beat story. Before the Louisiana House passed a law to continue a tax break for the New Orleans Hornets, one lawmaker proposed an amendment that would have required the Saints to agree to a five-year contract with quarterback Drew Brees. Tom Benson owns both the Saints and the Hornets. The amendment didn’t pass, but I like the lawmaker’s creativity.

New Orleans rookie receiver Nick Toon will wear the same jersey number his father wore in the NFL. The younger Toon wore No. 87 at Wisconsin. But he’s switching to the No. 88 that Al Toon wore while playing for the New York Jets.

Undrafted wide receiver Rico Wallace grew up as a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He could have a chance to face them twice a year if he can make the roster after signing with the Carolina Panthers.

The Falcons have added another name to their list of undrafted rookies. They added California receiver Michael Calvin, who has great speed, but started only 10 college games and had only one career catch for a touchdown.

While pointing out that it’s too early to declare him the next Darren Sproles or Warrick Dunn, Mark Cook writes that Tampa Bay rookie running back Michael Smith has some similarities to those two. He’s small, but he’s got great quickness. If Smith is even a little like Sproles or Dunn, he’ll have a chance to make an impact with the Bucs.