NFC South links: Seymour to Falcons?

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are trying to beef up their defense in the form of four-time Pro-Bowl tackle Richard Seymour. According to FOX Sports.com and FOX Sports South.com, Seymour and the Falcons are in contract talks, although the Falcons do not have much salary-cap room. The 13-year pro, who played at Georgia, is reportedly training in metro Atlanta as he seeks a contract.

The Falcons’ top two tacklers last season, linebackers Stephen Nicholas (sports hernia) and Sean Weatherspoon (knee), have had offseason surgeries and will not be available when the team starts organized team activities on Tuesday, writes D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Both are expected to participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp June 18-20.

Carolina Panthers

Defensive end Greg Hardy dropped nearly 15 pounds during the offseason, writes Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. Hardy is hoping to improve his speed-rush and prove his breakthrough 2012 season was not a fluke.

The Panthers' 2013 draft class is now entirely under contract with the signings of linebacker A.J. Klein and running back Kenjon Barner, writes Max Henson of the team's website.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints' defense has a chip on its shoulder and plans to "do something about it" according to new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Mike Triplett of New Orleans Times-Picayune has the story.

Veteran safety Roman Harper has reportedly extended his contract one season to provide the team with salary-cap space.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs signed cornerback Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State) to a four-year contract, writes Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder was the team’s first selection (43rd overall) in this year’s draft. He is expected to compete for a starting job in the revamped secondary. Quarterback Mike Glennon, the Bucs’ third-round selection, is the only unsigned member of the team’s 2013 draft class.