NFC South links: Saints greatest unknown

June, 27, 2012
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Atlanta Falcons

While on a mission trip to Kraljevo, Serbia, Falcons tight end Michael Palmer received the "Captain of Honor" designation from the Kraljevo Royal Crowns, only the second person to be bestowed with their coveted award.

Defensive tackle Corey Peters, who was named the 2011 Falcons man of the year, was named Atlanta's spokesperson for the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.

Carolina Panthers

One of the Panthers' most important personnel acquisitions in the past couple of years was wide receivers coach Fred Graves.

Thomas Davis has torn his right ACL three times, and general manager Marty Hurney says the entire franchise is in the linebacker's corner. Hurney: "I think if there is one guy you root for to stay healthy and make it, it's definitely Thomas Davis."

New Orleans Saints

From coach suspensions to stalled contract negotiations, so much has happened for the Saints this offseason. Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune declares, "this year's Saints might be the greatest unknown in NFL history."

Speaking of contracts, quarterback Drew Brees will argue a franchise-tag grievance against the NFL before Special Master Stephen Burbank in Philadelphia, according to an NFL.com report.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In the wake of news that another Detroit Lion was arrested, the Bucs are breathing a sigh of relief. The Tampa Bay Times summarizes the organization's recent dealings: "Tampa Bay saw eight members of its organization -- including front office personnel, assistant coaches and players -- arrested during an eight-month span from September 2010 to May 2011. ... But in light of what is unfolding in Detroit, it's prudent to point out that things have been quiet lately on the law-and-order front in Tampa Bay."

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