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Monday, March 25, 2013
NFC South afternoon update

By Pat Yasinskas

Time for a run through the headlines from all corners of the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora and the Falcons appear to be closing in on a deal, according to Adam Schefter. Landing Umenyiora would give the Falcons a slightly younger replacement for John Abraham, who was released several weeks ago.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Scott Fowler writes that he likes the recent moves (signing receiver/return man Ted Ginn Jr. and re-signing cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards). The Panthers have done about as much as you could ask for from a team with a horrible salary-cap situation. I wouldn’t expect much more in free agency from the Panthers because they have almost no cap room. The rest of their offseason improvements will have to come through the draft.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

In their latest mock drafts, Larry Holder has the Saints taking Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson while Nakia Hogan has them going with LSU outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo. I don’t think the Saints could go wrong with either one. They have big needs at both positions.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Although he might not technically be a starter if he decides to return for another season, Ronde Barber still could play a big role for the Bucs, according to Stephen Holder. Barber could be valuable as a third safety and a nickel cornerback. But the one oddity could be on special teams. Generally, third safeties and nickel corners have to play special teams. But I don’t see Barber, who will be 38 by the time the season starts, playing special teams.