Links: New Falcons stadium design OK'd

Atlanta Falcons

The design concept for the new Falcons stadium was approved by the Georgia World Congress Center Board of Governors, Jay Adams of AtlantaFalcons.com reports. "Our discussions and decisions have focused on creating an iconic asset for the city and state, a great game-day experience for our fans and attendees of other events that will be held in the new stadium, and a connection with the surrounding communities," Falcons President/CEO Rich McKay said. The new design concepts can be seen here.

Tight end Tony Gonzalez was chosen to be the 2013 Good Guy Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America. The award is given annually to a player for his professionalism in helping pro football writers do their jobs.

The Falcons signed veteran tight end Colin Clohery and released tight end Anthony Miller, reports D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Carolina Panthers

The News & Observer's Joseph Person lists five "pleasant surprises" from last week's minicamp.

Defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh -- a native of Peace River, Alberta, Canada -- was the No. 1 overall pick in the CFL draft. He dreamed of playing in the NFL, but teams showed little interest until the Panthers came calling, writes Bryan Strickland for the team's website. "I had nothing, nothing up until the Panthers contacted me. I was stunned, realizing that it was a reality. Then I realized quickly that I had to show them what I could do," Gaydosh said. "If this doesn't work out, I have a job playing professional football in Canada. Not many people get that opportunity to begin with, so I'm blessed in both worlds."

New Orleans Saints

The Times-Picayune is counting down the top 25 players on the Saints. Next up at No. 24: tight end Benjamin Watson.

Jason Smith, the former Rams offensive tackle who was selected No. 2 overall in the 2009 draft, is hoping to resurrect his career with the Saints, writes the Times-Picayune's Mike Triplett. Offensive line coach Bret Ingalls: "As far as the character and want-to, it has been tremendous. He's dying to learn. He's going to fix whatever isn't right. He's showing improvement every day, so we're excited. ... But we'll know more once we get the pads on in training camp."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs are hoping to reap the rewards of stability on offense, writes Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. “We know this offense," receiver Mike Williams said. "We know when to break off routes and what zone to read. It’s a knowing instead of reacting to something. Josh Freeman's got this offense down pat. The big problem last year was we couldn’t get on the same page, knowing when to break our routes off."

New Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis paid $50,000 to safety Mark Barron for his No. 24, the jersey number he has worn throughout his career, reports David Satriano of the New York Post.