Time for a morning run through some news and notes from around the NFC South:
Quarterback Matt Ryan said he’s not concerned about a possible contract extension. Ryan said he’s focusing on the team’s offseason program and is confident everything else will take care of itself. But it’s likely talks will pick up shortly as Ryan’s agent and the Atlanta front office are expected to attempt to work on the deal after the draft.
General manager Dave Gettleman said defensive line, defensive back and offensive line might be the three deepest areas in this year’s draft. That’s a good thing for Gettleman because the Panthers need help in all three areas.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
It has been reported widely that the New York Jets are interested in trading for running back Chris Ivory. General manager Mickey Loomis confirmed that, but also said several other teams are showing interest. Smart move by Loomis to make it known that more than one team is interested. That might help raise the value of what Ivory could bring in a trade.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Quarterback Josh Freeman said he doesn’t feel additional pressure as he heads into a contract year. That’s a good attitude to take. But this clearly is a crucial year for Freeman and it’s going to be a challenge to continue to not be impacted by the pressure. Freeman is talented and the best thing he can do is relax and have fun with the game. If he can do that, everything else will fall into place.