NFC South afternoon update

Time for a run through some odds and ends from around the division:


D. Orlando Ledbetter writes that a contract extension for quarterback Matt Ryan could end up costing the Falcons nearly $140 million. That’s a huge sum, but I have no doubt the Falcons will make this deal happen. Owner Arthur Blank once gave Michael Vick a 10-year contract worth $130 million. Ryan’s value is even higher, due to inflation and the fact the Falcons have more confidence in him than they ever did in Vick.


An Elon University poll found that 88 percent of those sampled are opposed to North Carolina using state money to help fund renovations at Bank of America Stadium. This comes after Gov. Pat McCrory said state money wouldn’t be available for the Panthers. Get ready for another round of Los Angeles rumors.


Mike Triplett lays out what may be a dream draft scenario for the Saints. He writes about how the stock of Georgia’s Jarvis Jones seems to be all over the board. There are some medical questions about Jones and he didn’t work out at the scouting combine. But, if medical questions are answered in a positive way, Jones could be exactly the kind of edge rusher the Saints need.


Roy Cummings reports the Bucs met with the agent for quarterback Josh Freeman during the scouting combine. I wouldn’t read too much into this. The Bucs already have given indications they’ll let Freeman head into the final year of his contract without an extension. The meeting likely was more of a get-acquainted session because Freeman’s former agent has retired.