Around the NFC South

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. -- We’ve got a lot happening around the NFC South, not only at the re-opening of ESPN’s Wide World of Sports, but also up in Indianapolis at the scouting combine. Let’s take a look at some of the headlines around the division.

I caught up with Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams and Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman earlier today. I didn’t see New Orleans kicker Garrett Hartley here personally, but he was here on the Disney grounds.

The Bucs have made tenders to restricted free agents Donald Penn, Barrett Ruud, Cadillac Williams and Jeremy Trueblood.

Mike Triplett has the complete list of tenders the Saints made to their restricted free agents.

Atlanta coach Mike Smith met with the media at the combine. He didn’t have anything really newsy to say and he sidestepped the question when asked if the Falcons would pursue Julius Peppers in free agency (I don’t think they will make a strong run at Peppers). I also caught a few minutes of Smith on Sirius NFL Radio as I was driving over to talk to Williams and Freeman and the most interesting thing he had to say was that he made a mistake by allowing running back Michael Turner to come back from an ankle injury too early last season. Smith said he should have let Turner sit out another game or two. Not often you hear an NFL coach second guess himself.