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Sunday, March 10, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Time for a look at the top news and notes from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

D. Orlando Ledbetter reports that the five-year contract William Moore agreed to is worth $30 million. Moore will average about $2 million less per season than the highest-paid safety. But I think $6 million a year is a pretty solid wage for a guy that made his first Pro Bowl, as an alternate, last season.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Joseph Person reports that the Panthers have asked left tackle Jordan Gross to restructure his contract. That’s no surprise since Gross has an $11.7 million cap figure. But it sounds like the Panthers may be asking Gross to do something different than the usual restructure, which means swapping bonus money for base salary. It sounds like the Panthers are asking Gross to take a cut in pay.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Brian McIntyre speculates that the Saints could be a landing spot for linebacker James Harrison, who was released by the Steelers. Makes some sense because the Saints could use a pass-rushing linebacker as they switch to a 3-4 defense. But they key might be whether or not the Saints can afford Harrison.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

In his look at Tampa Bay’s linebacker situation, Rick Stroud writes that the Bucs could look to add a strong-side linebacker in free agency. Quincy Black’s future remains uncertain after he sustained nerve damage in his arm last season. The Bucs might be wise to add a veteran to go with young starters Lavonte David and Mason Foster.