NFC South links: Blackout rule to change?

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan chatted with reporters about the player-led workouts in Buford, Ga.

Charles Chandler, one of the co-authors of Michael Vick's upcoming memoir, says the former Atlanta quarterback is a changed man.

Carolina Panthers

Tackle Jordan Gross called the player-led workouts organized by he and Travelle Wharton "incredibly successful" and said at least 45 players showed up at every practice.

Receiver Steve Smith said a health issue involving his wife, Angie, has prevented him from taking part in the informal workouts.

New Orleans Saints

Fullback Heath Evans, who will be a free agent when the lockout ends, has two destinations in mind. "Of course, money always plays a part in it, but New Orleans is likely the place where I’d like to go back to, with New England second, after that," Evans said.

SMG, the company that manages the Superdome and the New Orleans Arena on behalf of Louisiana, was lauded by government officials for its management and renovation of the Superdome.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In a conference call with Bucs season-ticket holders that lasted about 30 minutes, Roger Goodell said he was on the side of those hoping to see the blackout rule amended in a way that will make it easier for teams to sell out games and lift local TV blackouts.

Raymond James Stadium is slated to get $18.7 million in upgrades over the next few seasons, with tourists expected to foot most of the bill.