NFC South links: Umenyiora thanks Reese

Atlanta Falcons

In his introductory news conference, Osi Umenyiora thanked his former general manager, Jerry Reese, for helping him land in Atlanta, ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk reports.

As the draft season heats up, Dawson Devitt of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution breaks down what the Falcons might do with their picks over the course of the three days.

The Falcons are clearly talented enough to make another run at the Super Bowl, but talent alone will not determine whether they'll achieve their ultimate goal, writes Jeff Schultz of the AJC.

Carolina Panthers

Jonathan Jones at the Charlotte Observer takes a look at why veteran offensive linemen Jordan Gross and Ryan Kalil decided to restructure their deals.

The N.C. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that allows the city to use only existing funds previously earmarked for convention center renovations to fund the planned upgrades for Bank of America Stadium, WBTV reports. The city of Charlotte had wanted to use its prepared food and beverage tax to help pay for upgrades to the stadium.

New Orleans Saints

Nakia Hogan of the Times-Picayune takes a look at what Victor Butler brings to the Saints.

On his visit with the Saints last Friday, Butler had lunch with Mickey Loomis, and that lunch ended up being one of the determining factors in his decision to join the Saints, writes Alex Restrepo for the team's website. “Lunch with Mickey was phenomenal,” said Butler. “I know it was a business lunch, but it was more of a personal talk. Mickey asked about my family, my background and how I liked New Orleans so far. He really took the time to get to know me as a person and I respect that. When you bring somebody into an organization you want to know what kind of person they are."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs signed offensive tackle Demar Dotson to a four-year extension, reports Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com. Rosenthal also looked at what some teams might do with their extra cap space, and he thinks Tampa Bay should trade for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis to help shore up its secondary.

The team's website has the second part of a Q&A with guard Davin Joseph, who took part in a eight-day NFL-USO tour in the Middle East.