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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Let's take a run through some odds and ends from around the NFC South:

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

The Bucs reportedly are pursuing San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson. If they get him, that means Ronde Barber’s time at free safety is over. The Bucs have told Barber they want him back for another season, but it probably would be as the nickel cornerback. It remains to be seen if Barber would accept that role, retire or try to play somewhere else.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Louisiana senator David Vitter reportedly plans to ask Mary Jo White about her findings after she was hired to evaluate the NFL’s investigation of the bounty scandal. White has been nominated to head the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

In at least one estimation, the Panthers are expected to be the least active team in free agency. Can’t really argue with that one. The Panthers are just under the salary cap and they already have a ton of money committed to the 2014 cap. Essentially, their hands are tied.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Jeff Schultz writes that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Falcons bring back defensive end John Abraham if he can’t get a big contract elsewhere. I wouldn’t be surprised either. Abraham is getting some interest on the market, but it’s hard to imagine any team handing out big money to a 34-year-old. Still, if Abraham comes back, it’s nothing more than a bonus. The Falcons have to get a pass rusher in free agency or the draft.