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Saturday, January 8, 2011
Around the rest of the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

SEATTLE -- Before we get into coverage of the Saints-Seahawks playoff game.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have picked up a two-year option on the contract of coach Raheem Morris’ contract. That was pretty much a given after a 10-6 season. But keep an eye on this one if the league’s labor situation gets resolved. Morris is one of the league’s lowest-paid head coaches, and the Bucs might give him a raise and a longer deal.

Carolina center Ryan Kalil has been added to the NFC South Pro Bowl roster after New York Giants center Shaun O’Hara withdrew because of an injury.

The Denver Broncos reportedly have asked the Carolina Panthers for permission to interview John Fox for their coaching vacancy. Although the Panthers already have said Fox will not return, his contract runs through Feb. 1. Things didn’t end well between Fox and Jerry Richardson, but I don’t think the Panthers owner will stand in the way of Fox getting another job.