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Hitting the NFC South links

A morning run through the headlines around the NFC South.

John Czarnecki has lists of lockout winners and losers. The Atlanta Falcons are No. 1 on the list of winners and the New Orleans Saints are No. 3. No argument here. I think the players for both of those teams have handled the lockout as well as possible and they’ve got veteran coaching staffs. The Carolina Panthers are No. 4 on the list of losers. Again, I don’t see any flaw with that thinking. New coach Ron Rivera hasn’t had any time to work with his players and that’s a big disadvantage.

Here’s a detailed list of all of Atlanta’s free agents and even a speculative list of undrafted free agents the Falcons could sign.

Steve Reed has an overview of what the Panthers might do coming out of the lockout. He says he expects the Panthers to add some mid-level free agents. I agree. This team started a youth movement and it’s not going to reverse course by going out and signing a bunch of big-name 30-year-olds.

Here’s some audio of me talking Panthers with my friends at Cat Crave Radio

The parents of New Orleans running back Reggie Bush, who played public roles in his controversial career at USC, reportedly are divorcing.

Charlie Campbell has a look at five prominent potential free-agent fits for the Buccaneers and five mid-level free agents. Although the Bucs will come out of the lockout with more salary-cap room than any team in the league, I wouldn’t look for them to go after too many of those prominent guys. They need to re-sign some of their own free agents and I think you could see them target some mid-level free agents.