Around the NFC South

Time for a quick run through the Easter headlines from around the NFC South.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and defensive tackle Amobi Okoye agreed to a one-year deal late Saturday night. Okoye, a first-round pick by the Texans in 2007, spent last season with the Bears. He provides some insurance at a position where the Bucs need that. They’re high on the potential of Gerald McCoy and Brian Price and also like Roy Miller as a rotation player. But Price and McCoy have had injury problems in their first two seasons.

Speaking of the Bucs and defensive tackles, former Tampa Bay defensive tackle Warren Sapp reportedly has filed for bankruptcy. Documents filed by Sapp show he owes $6.7 million.

A third bidder has surfaced in the quest to buy the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets back from the league. John DeShazier speculates that it could be Saints’ owner Tom Benson and says he’d be a perfect fit for the Hornets. Despite recent issues with the bounty program, Benson and the Saints have been very successful in New Orleans since 2006 and that’s great. But Benson had a long track record before that where he wasn’t viewed as the world’s greatest owner. I’m not so sure the fit is perfect. Besides, I'm not sure Benson needs to be taking on a new franchise at the same time the Saints are dealing with a major crisis.

In this Insider postInsider, Mel Kiper has the Atlanta Falcons taking Illinois offensive tackle Jeff Allen with their first draft pick (No. 55 overall) this year. Makes some sense because left tackle Sam Baker hasn’t established himself as a real force yet. But you don’t find instant stars at left tackle in the second round of the draft. Kiper says Allen could start off on the right side and eventually move to the left side. The only problem with that is Kiper would be starting off as a backup on the right side, where the Falcons already have Tyson Clabo. I’m not so sure the Falcons are looking for a backup with their first draft pick. Yes, they need options at left tackle, but they can find that elsewhere and I can see them going with a different position with their first pick.