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Around the NFC South

7/26/2011

On what's sure to be a busy day, let's cover a lot of ground by taking a look at headlines from all around the NFC South.

Carolina free-agent running back DeAngelo Williams said he will meet with general manager Marty Hurney to discuss his future. Williams also said he wants to retire as a member of the Panthers.

John Romano points out that we’re finally going to find out what the Bucs really think of linebacker Barrett Ruud. He’s been looking for a new contract for a couple of years, but hasn’t gotten one. With free agency starting, the Bucs either have to pay him or let him walk.

Business leaders in Spartanburg, S.C., are relieved the lockout is over and Panthers training camp will start on time. Camp reportedly brings in almost $800,000 a year in direct spending.

Jeff Duncan writes that the Saints will have to sign 43 players, probably including a bunch of their own free agents, to get to the 90-player limit.

Rookie quarterback Cam Newton is expected to report to Carolina’s facility on Tuesday, even though he’s yet to sign a contract. The Panthers are expected to begin negotiating with his agents today.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson sent out a letter to fans, thanking them for their patience during the lockout. He also said his mission is to bring a Lombardi trophy to the Carolinas and he plans to pursue that aggressively.

The Falcons are expected to report Thursday and hit the practice field for the first time Friday.

The Panthers will report Friday and start practicing Saturday.