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Monday, March 18, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Let's take a quick run through the headlines from around the NFC South:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Daniel Cox takes a look at the six tackles chosen ahead of Sam Baker in the 2008 draft. Some worked out and some didn’t. A lot of Atlanta fans said Baker was a bust before he turned in a solid 2012 season. But Baker’s had a better career than some of the guys drafted ahead of him, particularly former Carolina tackle Jeff Otah, who was taken two picks before Baker.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

A lot of Carolina fans were underwhelmed when the team signed cornerback Drayton Florence. That’s understandable because he’s nearing the end of his career and never has been a superstar. But Florence has history with coach Ron Rivera. The two were together in San Diego. Rivera’s had pretty good luck in bringing in guys he worked with while he was with the Chargers. Florence isn’t going to solve all of Carolina’s problems, but he could be a solid contributor for a year or two.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Larry Holder reports that there is no indication of how cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha’s visit with the Saints went Sunday. It’s unlikely he got to spend time with coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis because they were traveling to the NFL owners meeting. But Asomugha has history with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan from their time together in Oakland. If both sides are interested in a deal, that can be accomplished with one phone call by Loomis.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson characterized reports that the team is shopping cornerback Darrell Revis as a “little exaggerated." However, Johnson also said the Jets would consider any move that would make their team better. The bottom line here is Revis is available and Tampa Bay is interested, but the Buccaneers are hoping the compensation the Jets want in a trade drops because they don’t want to part with this year’s first-round pick. If no other team steps up, the Jets may have to drop their price.