Around the NFC South

March, 22, 2013
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Let’s take a morning run through the headlines from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

We’ve known for a while that center Todd McClure is retiring. But he’ll make his official retirement announcement at a news conference on Monday. If anyone deserves a news conference and all the hype that comes with it, it’s McClure. He didn’t get a lot of attention during his career, mostly due to the nature of his position. But this guy was a rock through good times and bad, and a class act. I’m going to miss having him in the NFC South.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Joseph Person writes about how the addition of Ted Ginn Jr. should help the return game. He should be an upgrade over what Carolina had last year. But I’m more curious to see if Ginn can earn some playing time as a wide receiver. He didn’t get to play much receiver the past three years in San Francisco, but he showed some ability at the position during the first three years of his career with Miami.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Nakia Hogan writes that Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, who many have projected as a possible draft pick for the Saints, had an unimpressive pro day. There also are some medical questions about Jones. But I don’t know that his stock will fall that much. The guy produced in college, coming up with 28 sacks in his final two seasons.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Although Greg Schiano recently said nobody is married to anybody in the NFL, Stephen Holder writes that the Tampa Bay coach essentially is married to quarterback Josh Freeman. He has a point. Schiano needs Freeman to have a big season. If he doesn’t, it probably means another losing season for the Bucs, and the team will have to go get a new quarterback, a process that doesn’t guarantee instant success. If Freeman doesn’t succeed this year, Schiano could move onto the hot seat in a league that doesn’t have a lot of patience.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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