Around the NFC South

Time for a look at the top headlines from around the division:


D. Orlando Ledbetter reports that it appears St. Louis running back Steven Jackson will be the top target in free agency. I’m not totally opposed to the move because Jackson will be an upgrade to Michael Tuner. But I think the Falcons would be better off using a mid-round pick on a running back and pairing him with Jacquizz Rodgers. Jackson’s good, but he is almost as old as Turner.


Steve Harrison reports that it’s possible early talk about tying new amateur sports facilities to funding for Bank of America Stadium could be scuffled.


The controversy from the bounty scandal should be over, but it’s not. Remi Ayodele is strongly denying former teammate Anthony Hargrove’s claim that it was Ayodele captured on audiotape saying “pay me my money."


Roy Cummings writes that this is the week the Bucs and Ronde Barber should sit down and discuss the veteran safety’s future with the team. It’s possible Barber may want to continue playing and the Bucs would welcome him with open arms. It’s also possible the Bus may want to move in another direction. It also is possible Barber will elect to retire.