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Around the NFC South

7/27/2011

Time for a quick trip through the morning headlines around the NFC South.

Tampa Bay’s Adrian Clayborn became the first first-round pick to agree to contract terms early this morning. The Bucs are moving fast on signing their draft picks. They already got agreements from Mason Foster and Daniel Hardy on Tuesday.

Steve Reed has some good detail on the full-court press the Panthers used to keep Charles Johnson. In addition to general manager Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera, the Panthers sent most of their defensive coaching staff to Miami to convince Johnson to stay.

Scott Fowler writes that there’s still no solid decision on which Carolina quarterback will wear No. 2. Rookie Cam Newton temporarily has been assigned No. 1. Jimmy Clausen wore No. 2 last season and that’s the same number Newton wore in college.

New Orleans free-agent linebacker Scott Shanle has drawn interest from the Rams and Bengals.

With a league-high 28 unrestricted free agents, Jeff Duncan writes that it is inevitable the Saints will lose a few key players.

Atlanta running back Jason Snelling said he would like to return to the Falcons, but said he could draw interest from the Bucs, Bears and Rams.

When asked specifically about potential interest in Nnamdi Asomugha, Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik said he “would temper that’’ and then went on to remind everyone how the Bucs’ current plan is to build its core through the draft, develop players and keep them for the long term.