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Hitting the NFC South links

7/1/2011

Let's take a quick run through the NFC South headlines.

Cecil Newton, the father of Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton, gave a rare interview to Joe Person. Cecil Newton wouldn’t go into detail about the ongoing investigation about him allegedly asking colleges for money for his son, but said he wants to put that situation behind him.

Here’s an interesting debate about whether Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez or San Diego’s Antonio Gates has been the NFL’s best tight end since 2000.

New Orleans running back Reggie Bush said last September that he would forfeit the Heisman Trophy he won at USC. But the trophy hasn’t been returned to the Heisman Trust. For now at least, it’s in the San Diego Hall of Champions museum.

Second-year defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has taken it upon himself to be the mentor for rookie defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Yeah, McCoy isn’t exactly a seasoned veteran, but Tampa Bay’s defensive line is so young that he’s as knowledgeable in the system as anyone the Bucs have. This is a nice gesture by McCoy, but it's also in his best interest. Defensive end was a huge weak spot for the Bucs last season. If Clayborn can solidify that position, it's only going to help McCoy.

New Orleans safety Roman Harper, a potential unrestricted free agent, said he’s hoping to re-sign with the Saints.