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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Time for a quick trip through the NFC South headlines.

The agent for former New Orleans cornerback Mike McKenzie says his client is healthy. But don't look for a return to the Saints. The team has put a lot of time and money into getting younger at cornerback. McKenzie will sign somewhere, but it won't be in New Orleans. Also, this just in for Saints fans who like to dwell on the past: Deuce McAllister isn't coming back, either.

Former Carolina defensive end Mike Rucker will provide color commentary on television broadcasts of the Panthers' preseason games. Rucker's a natural. He's a sharp guy and knows his football. One small tip to Rucker, who was a media darling throughout his career: Brush up a bit on your clichés. Keeping "your ear to the grindstone" might have drawn a pass when with the Carolina media during your playing career, but you better keep your "nose to the grindstone" when you've got an audience that numbers in the hundreds of thousands.

Jeff Duncan writes that New Orleans is almost a lock to host the Super Bowl in 2013, now that the city is making its bid for the game. I'm with Duncan. New Orleans, quite simply, is the best logistical setup of all the Super Bowl cities.

The Falcons start a minicamp Friday and I'll be covering it live from Flowery Branch. Friday's sessions are not open to the public, but the camp is open to the masses on Saturday. Gates open at 9:30 for the morning practice and 3:15 for the afternoon session.