Around the NFC South

Time for a morning cruise through the local headlines around the NFC South.

  • The Saints have started the process of making tenders to some of their 18 restricted free agents. The latest to receive a tender is offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod, according to Mike Triplett. He’s been given a second-round tender worth $1.68 million.

  • Darin Gantt points out the Panthers are more likely to use that $20 million they saved by not franchising Julius Peppers on long-term contracts for players such as linebackers Thomas Davis and Jon Beason, center Ryan Kalil and running back DeAngelo Williams than they are on making a big splash in free agency. That may not be what Carolina fans want to hear, but it’s the truth.

  • Rick Stroud ponders some veteran quarterbacks the Bucs might consider to play behind Josh Freeman. They’re almost certain to let Byron Leftwich walk. The names Stroud throws out of guys who could be available include Marc Bulger and Chad Pennington. Bulger and offensive coordinator Greg Olson were together in St. Louis.

  • D. Orlando Ledbetter has the list of Falcons scheduled to become restricted free agents. He also has the breakdown of the tender levels for restricted free agents.