NFC South links: Cuts looming for Falcons?

Atlanta Falcons

Defensive end John Abraham and running back Michael Turner are candidates to be released by the Falcons to create cap room, writes D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Dave Choate of SB Nation lists his candidates to have breakout years for the Falcons in 2013.

Carolina Panthers

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday to pitch his bid for state help with a planned stadium renovation, according to the Charlotte Observer. Senate Republican leader Phil Berger was the last of the key state leaders Richardson has met with in his effort to get about $62 million in state help for the planned $250 million renovation.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints' recovery from a season rocked by scandal will be one of the NFL's top storylines entering next season, writes Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News.

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com says the NFL, this week, is expected to announce the reinstatement of Gregg Williams, suspended after his role in the Saints' bounty scandal. Williams, who was the Saints' defensive coordinator before being suspended for the 2012 season as part of the NFL's bounty investigation, has a contract with the Titans to be their associate head coach-defense, sources said.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chris Hovan, a former nose tackle for the Buccaneers, has joined the Arena Football League's Tampa Bay Storm as defensive line coach, writes Rick Mayer of the Tampa Tribune. The Storm open their season March 23 against the Jacksonville Sharks.