Around the NFC South


Let's take a look at some odds and ends from around the division:


Even after bringing in running back Steven Jackson and re-signing most of their own free agents, D. Orlando Ledbetter writes that the Falcons still have some holes to fill. They need a pass-rusher and a cornerback. There still is a chance they could re-sign cornerback Brent Grimes, but it’s looking like the Falcons will have to work on the pass rush in the draft.

Speaking of Grimes, he has met with Cleveland and Miami. But it’s believed the Falcons remain in the mix to keep him.


Two former Panthers signed with the New York Giants. Louis Murphy, who spent last season as the third receiver, is headed to New York. So is linebacker Dan Connor, who spent last year in Dallas, after starting his career in Carolina. The irony here is a lot of people thought new general manager Dave Gettleman would be bringing in lots of players from New York because he previously worked for the Giants. Instead, the pipeline is flowing the other way.


The Saints reportedly are bringing in cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha for a visit. He has history with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan from their time together in Oakland. Even in a depressed market, Asomugha still is likely to command a decent salary. The challenge for the Saints could be fitting Asomugha under their tight salary cap.


Mark Cook writes that fan frustration is building after the Bucs let starting defensive end Michael Bennett and starting defensive tackle Roy Miller leave as free agents. I get the frustration because the defensive line isn’t as good right now as it was at the end of last season. But you have to assume that general manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano have a plan to improve that line or else they wouldn’t have let two starters walk.