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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Time for a quick run through the headlines around the NFC South.

Here’s another list of players who could be unrestricted free agents if the lockout is lifted before a new labor deal is worked out.

As people continue to debate if the Falcons gave up too much to get Julio Jones, Jeff Schultz points to some statistical evidence on why the Falcons needed a receiver. When it came to big plays (ones that gained 20 yards or more) last season, the Falcons were No. 31 in the league.

Here’s a piece that suggests the move for Jones won’t work out in the long run and points the blame straight at Rich McKay. Umm, McKay’s the team president these days. His job is to oversee the business side of things (mainly attempting to get a new stadium) and act as the Falcons’ liaison to the league. While his opinion on football matters is valued, general manager Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith are the ones calling the shots on that side of the building.

Jeff Duncan writes that Drew Brees is the glue holding the New Orleans Saints together this offseason. No surprise there. Brees has held the Saints together since his arrival in 2006. One other important item in Duncan’s column – Brees is footing almost the entire cost as the Saints work out at Tulane University. And this is a guy who has drawn some criticism for being “selfish’’ during the labor dispute?

You can listen to me discussing Carolina’s draft in this clip on Cat Crave Radio.

Our friends at Pewter Report have a projection on what Tampa Bay’s 53-man roster will look like.