Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
Time for a quick trip through the afternoon NFC South headlines.
New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins dropped by the team’s facility Tuesday and said he was the only player there, as far as he could tell. We still don’t know how the labor situation is going to sort itself out, but this was a very smart move by Jenkins. He’s scheduled for an NFC South-high $350,000 workout bonus. If I’m defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, who is next on the list with a $250,000 workout bonus, I’m at least showing up at the facility and saying I really have the urge to lift some weights or run.
Former Tampa Bay defensive tackle Chris Hovan has joined the coaching staff at Tampa’s Chamberlain High. That’s not far from where I live and, back in my early years in the newspaper business, I had the honor of covering the Chiefs and legendary coach Billy Turner, who retired a few years ago.
D. Orlando Ledbetter caught up with Atlanta linebacker Coy Wire, who is the player representative for the Falcons. Wire said there are no plans for the players to show up at the team’s facility in Flowery Branch.
Carolina general manager Marty Hurney held his pre-draft press conference Tuesday. As you might expect, Hurney wouldn’t tip his hand about the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s draft. He also wouldn’t say much when asked about the future of wide receiver Steve Smith.