Time for a look at the Friday morning headlines from around the NFC South:
With John Abraham gone, D. Orlando Ledbetter throws out the possibility of the Falcons moving defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux to defensive end. Babineaux did shift outside times last year and I could see the Falcons again doing that on a part-time basis. But I think the Falcons still need to go out and get a true edge rusher in free agency or the draft.
In this Insider post, Matt Williamson lists the Falcons as a possible destination for St. Louis running back Steven Jackson. I see this happening only if the Jackson is willing to come at a reasonable price. The Falcons have made it clear their priority is to re-sign their own free agents. I think there’s a better chance of them landing a running back in the draft.
The team said it made $66.5 million in the 2010 and 2011 seasons after a published report said the number was closer to $100 million. Either way, the fact the team has been making money while losing isn’t going to get the Panthers a lot of sympathy as they attempt to get financing for renovations to Bank of America Stadium.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Larry Holder writes that all is quiet on the Saints’ front. Consider this the calm before the storm. The Saints still have to make some moves to get under the salary cap and they may try to re-sign some of their own free agents. Things should start to heat up very shortly.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Rick Stroud takes a look at the offensive tackles in free agency. This might not seem like a priority area for the Bucs, but anything is possible. The team could look for an upgrade over right tackle Demar Dotson.