Around the NFC South

It’s one of those days in the NFC South where there’s nothing major going on so far. The Panthers and Falcons each announced some minor news.

I’ve stockpiled that from earlier in the day and just collected some links from around the division to bring you up to date on the latest.

  • The Panthers have hired former NFL lineman Ray Brown as assistant offensive line coach to work with John Matsko, who was hired last week. Brown has coached previously with San Francisco and Buffalo and spent 20 years playing in the NFL.

  • The Falcons have agreed to terms with linebacker Robert James on a two-year contract. James was on Atlanta’s practice squad for much of 2010, but also served a suspension early in the season. He’s been with the Falcons since 2008 and has bounced back and forth between the practice squad and regular roster.

  • In this radio interview, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees reflects a bit on the season and is asked about Jay Cutler's knee injury. Brees dealt with a knee injury during the season and played through it. But he is quick to point out he doesn’t know the exact nature of Cutler's injury.

  • A medical and legal website decided that Atlanta ranks No. 2 on a list of the most-depressed cities whose teams have never won a Super Bowl. Charlotte also cracks the top 10.

  • Tampa Bay center Jeff Faine, who is the team's player representative, isn't optimistic about the labor talks.