Around the NFC South (from the Northeast)

SCRANTON, Pa. -- That’s right, the NFC South blog is coming to you from chilly Northeastern Pennsylvania today, and go ahead and make your jokes about the television show “The Office.’’ Scranton’s been my office yesterday and today and will be for part of Friday. I’m up here tending to some family business and just catching up on what’s gone on this afternoon around the NFC South.

Here’s a look at the headlines:

  • The agent for Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers said he’s waiting for the Panthers to state their intentions for his client. I’ll tell you right now how this is going to play out: well, at least the first part of it. The Panthers aren’t going to let Peppers just walk, and I seriously doubt they’re going to try to wrap him up with a long-term contract with so much uncertainty about the labor agreement. They’ll place the franchise tag on him in February for the second straight year. After that, we’ll have to wait and see. But I’m thinking the Panthers may try to trade Peppers before they have to pay him $20 million as a franchise player for next season.

  • New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is one of three finalists for the Bart Starr Award. The winner will be announced in February.

  • The Buccaneers signed all eight of the players who finished the season on their practice squad to future contracts.

  • The Bucs are spending some time breaking down the track record of their college scouts. From what I’ve heard, you can expect to hear at some point in the near future of some additions to the scouting department.