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Monday, April 1, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Time for a run through the headlines from around the NFC South:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Daniel Cox points out that Matt Ryan leads the league with 22 game-winning drives since the start of the 2008 season. I’m sure that’s a statistic Ryan’s agent will use in talks about a contract extension, if he hasn’t already.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Wide receiver Domenik Hixon reportedly will visit with the Panthers on Monday. Hixon has been a backup for the New York Giants. Ironically, Hixon would be the likely replacement for Louis Murphy, who left the Panthers for the Giants. Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman used to work in the Giants' personnel department.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Bradley Handwerger writes that linebacker Victor Butler, who recently signed with the Saints, has a chance to be an impact player. Butler was mostly a backup in Dallas. But he’s athletic and he’s familiar with coordinator Rob Ryan’s defense. I think there’s a good chance Butler ends up as a starting outside linebacker.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

After letting defensive tackle Roy Miller depart as a free agent, the Bucs may have found his replacement by adding Derek Landri. He might bring a bit more of an interior pass rush than Miller.

The Bucs reportedly will sign defensive end George Selvie. He hasn't had much of an NFL career. But he has some Tampa ties after playing his college ball at the University of South Florida.