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Saturday, March 16, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

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

ATLANTA FALCONS

Running back Steve Jackson said he considered retiring before signing with the Falcons. Jackson said the opportunity to play for a team with a shot at a Super Bowl is what attracted him. But let’s be careful not to call Jackson “the missing piece.’’ The last guy to have that tag in Atlanta was Ray Edwards, and that clearly didn’t work out. But I think Jackson has a much better chance at being successful than Edwards did.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

The team had offensive lineman Chris Williams in for a visit. Williams was a first-round pick in 2008, but never has lived up to his hype. Still, he’s worth a look, because the Panthers are short on depth on the offensive line.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Free-agent linebacker Victor Butler left a visit to Pittsburgh without signing a contract. That means New Orleans now becomes a possibility. Butler spent two seasons playing for New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, and could help speed up the transition to the 3-4 defense.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

The Bucs reportedly have signed tight end Tom Crabtree from Green Bay. He doesn’t have a big history as a pass-catcher, but he gives the Bucs some depth at tight end. That is important because Dallas Clark, last season’s starter, might not be coming back.