Around the NFC South

March, 29, 2011
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Let's take a quick trip through some headlines around the NFC South.

University of North Carolina linebacker Quan Sturdivant is drawing pre-draft interest from three NFC South teams. He’s scheduled to visit with the Bucs, have a private workout with the Falcons and have dinner with the Saints the night before his pro day.

Like a lot of others in Tampa Bay, Gary Shelton wonders if it’s time for the Bucs to part ways with cornerback Aqib Talib after his name surfaced as a person of interest in an incident in Texas. Shelton says it’s time for the Bucs to move on and I agree. The Bucs like to point out that guys like Talib and suspended safety Tanard Jackson were brought in by the Jon Gruden/Bruce Allen regime. If Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik want to really make a statement that they’re running a tight ship, here’s their chance. Of course, they can’t officially do anything with Talib until the lockout is over.

Not all the news is negative for the Bucs. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is part of a group of NFL players who traveled to Africa to try to help those in need.

Carolina defensive back R.J. Stanford talks at length about what life is like in a lockout. Understand that Stanford was on the practice squad part of last season and didn’t start making big money until he was promoted to the 53-man roster. But, in the future, he might want to leave out the part about having to sacrifice $100 massages. Not too many “regular’’ people are going to feel a lot of sympathy when they hear that.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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