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Around the NFC South

METAIRIE, La. -- Just arrived and we’ll have lots of stuff on the Saints later this afternoon. But before we get to that, it’s time for a quick run through the NFC South headlines.

Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart announced he’s having foot surgery. I’d view this as a positive. Stewart’s played through chronic problems with that foot and maybe the surgery will fix it once and for all.

The Bird Cage looks at whether the Falcons should re-sign wide receiver Marty Booker. He did a nice job coming in on short notice and gave the Falcons some depth. But the Falcons have Harry Douglas coming back from an injury and he’s very much in the plans. There’s no need to go rushing to sign Booker. If you get to training camp and aren’t happy with what you’ve got, you can always find a guy like Booker sitting out there in July or August.

Read an excellent column by John Romano in the Tampa airport this morning. It’s not all about football or the Buccaneers. But it’s about the entire climate of professional sports in the Tampa Bay area. Without pointing fingers at anyone, Romano simply points out the fact the Buccaneers, Lightning and Rays aren’t big draws at the box office. This really isn’t anything new. Tampa Bay, just like the other Florida markets, is tough. You have a lot of transplants from other parts of the country and there are a lot of other things to do that don’t cost money or as much as tickets for pro sports. It also helps when the local teams are winning, but they have to win big for it to really matter.