The Falcons' offensive line is developing leadership as it prepares to replace two longtime starters, writes Daniel Cox of the team's website.
Quarterback Matt Ryan is helping with the development of his young backups, writes Jay Adams of the team's website.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says once Ryan’s contract extension is done and his salary-cap number drops from $12 million into the $6 million to $7 million range, that would free up more space to pursue free agent defensive lineman Richard Seymour, a seven-time Pro Bowler, if they so desired.
Free safety Charles Godfrey has impressed Panthers coach Ron Rivera this offseason, writes Max Henson of the team's website.
New Orleans Saints
Three Atlanta radio hosts associated with "Mayhem in the AM," a sports talk show on WQXI-AM, "790 The Zone," have been fired after running a segment poking fun at former Saints player Steve Gleason, who is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 790 AM is the Atlanta Falcons' flagship station. The Falcons weren't involved with the segment, but issued a statement condemning the actions of hosts Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino. The segment came on the heels of Gleason guest writing Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback column. Gleason, who is paralyzed, described his battle with the disease in a column written entirely by a computer that tracked his eye movement.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In this story about the best remaining free agents, Nate Davis of USA TODAY Sports says veteran defensive end Israel Idonije would make sense for the Bucs.