Time for a quick run through the morning headlines from around the division:
In this Insider post, Bill Polian, who knows a thing or two about evaluating talent, ranks Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff as one of the top six talent evaluators in the NFL. You can’t argue with Dimitroff’s track record. He’s had nothing but winning seasons since arriving in Atlanta.
A local lawyer filed a motion asking for Charlotte City Council to be cited for contempt and fined $1.4 million for agreeing in a closed session to support a tax increase to help fund renovations at Bank of America Stadium. The lawyer claims the meeting violated North Carolina’s open meetings law.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Linebacker Curtis Lofton, one of the few New Orleans defenders to play well last season, said there’s room for improvement. Lofton said he feels he can be more explosive.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Former Giants and Rams wide receiver Steve Smith reportedly received a $715,000 base salary and a $65,000 signing bonus to join the Bucs. The Bucs continue to be conservative in their spending. They still have more than $20 million in salary-cap space. That gives them plenty of room to trade for Darrelle Revis and sign him to a long-term deal. It also means the Bucs could make several more moves before all is said and done.