Around the NFC South

January, 22, 2013
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Let's take a morning look at the top headlines from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Although tight end Tony Gonzalez has said it’s likely he’ll retire, the team is hoping he returns for another season. I still don’t think that’s out of the question. Gonzalez played at a very high level and looks like he could continue to contribute. Some teammates have been lobbying Gonzalez. But I think he’ll take a month or so to back away from the game and then make a final decision on what he wants to do.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

The team reportedly interviewed Bill Davis for its vacancy at linebackers coach. But Joseph Person also writes that the Panthers are expected to meet with Brian VanGorder, who spent four seasons as Atlanta’s defensive coordinator before moving to Auburn.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said he’s looking forward to the return of head coach Sean Payton from suspension. Although Payton is known almost exclusively as an offensive mind, Spagnuolo said he thinks the head coach will bring plenty of ideas on how to fix a defense that allowed more yards than any defense in NFL history.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Stephen Holder takes a look at some of the cornerback prospects at the Senior Bowl. It’s no secret the Bucs will be in the market for at least one cornerback. But the way this draft appears to be shaping up so far, the Bucs might not get good value at cornerback in the middle of the first round. They might have to address the position beyond the first round.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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