NFC South links: How Nicks can be a Falcon

Atlanta Falcons

Greg Huseth of bloggingdirty.com says the contract impasse between Drew Brees and the Saints could benefit the Falcons.

Daniel Cox of the Falcons' website analyzes Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin, a player many Falcons fans hope will land in Atlanta.

Carolina Panthers

The Charlotte Observer's Scott Fowler offers some analysis on whether the Panthers should pursue Hines Ward after the veteran receiver is released by the Steelers.

New Orleans Saints

Jason La Canfora of NFL.com says the Saints are likely to use the franchise tag on Brees, and the quarterback is frustrated.

Saints guard Carl Nicks would be upset if the team uses the franchise tag on him, according to James Varney of the Times-Picayune.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay's website breaks down some defensive linemen the team could pursue during free agency.

Moving Mason Foster from middle linebacker to an outside spot could make sense for the Bucs, according to Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times.

Tampa Bay’s heavy draft investments along the D-Line make it seem like less of a target in free agency,