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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Time for a look at some odds, ends and headlines from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Recently released defensive end John Abraham issued a statement thanking the organization and fans. Abraham also said he wants to play several more years in the NFL. I know there are some fans out there that believe Abraham might come back to the Falcons at a lower price. I think that’s a real long shot. If this had been purely about money, the Falcons would have restructured Abraham’s contract instead of releasing him.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank and former linebacker Coy Wire will be among the guest speakers at a career and franchise event in Atlanta on Wednesday.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl said he’s looking forward to taking a more hands-on approach after spending last season as the assistant receivers coach.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Coach Sean Payton said he envisions veterans Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and Roman Harper remaining with the team. But Payton added that there are salary-cap concerns. I still think it’s possible the Saints will have to release at least one member of the trio.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Mark Cook runs through some potential defensive end targets in free agency. Most of these guys are older or are expected to cost a lot of money. The Bucs might be better off re-signing Michael Bennett.