NFC South links: Vilma files new lawsuit

Atlanta Falcons

Sean Weatherspoon figures to be a key component of the defense being run by new coordinator Mike Nolan, writes Greg Huseth of Blogging Dirty.

The Falcons have agreed to terms with veteran safety Chris Hope, writes Jay Adams of the team's website. Hope, 6-foot, 204 pounds, played in 10 games last season for the Tennesee Titans, with two starts. He had 33 tackles (25 solo) with one interception, one pass defensed and two fumble recoveries.

Carolina Panthers

Former Wake Forest defensive end Jyles Tucker is hungry for a roster spot, writes Bryan Strickland of the team's website.

New Orleans Saints

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is suing the NFL in federal court, according to the Associated Press. Vilma is claiming commissioner Roger Goodell failed to make a timely appeal ruling regarding Vilma's season-long suspension in connection with the league's bounty investigation. The lawsuit, filed Saturday night in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, also asks for a temporary restraining order to allow Vilma to continue working if Goodell upholds the suspension.

Defensive end Martez Wilson sees himself in the Hall of Fame one day, writes Brian Allee-Walsh of sportsNOLA.com.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A look at Tampa Bay's roster entering training camp.