NFC South links: Support for Richardson

Atlanta Falcons

According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, the Falcons will not use the franchise tag this offseason. Offensive linemen Tyson Clabo and Harvey Dahl were possibilities for the franchise tag.

Carolina Panthers

Owners are coming to the defense of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who has become a bit of a target during recent collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

A federal appeals court upheld former Panthers player Rae Carruth's conviction for plotting to kill his pregnant girlfriend.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees is providing a steady influence in the CBA storm.

NFL.com's Vic Carucci says the fact Sean Payton is moving his family to Dallas shouldn't be an issue with the Saints or the team's fans.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs will not use the franchise tag on offensive lineman Davin Joseph, according to his agent.

The Tampa Bay defense cut down on the number of big plays it allowed in 2010 as compared to 2009.