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Monday, April 15, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Time for an afternoon run through some odds and ends from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Quarterback Matt Ryan said he’s not worried about a timetable on a contract extension. I don’t think there’s much to worry about here. The Falcons are intent on getting Ryan locked up for the long term and I think they’ll turn their focus to a deal soon after the draft is over.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Joseph Person reports that quarterback Cam Newton will be bouncing back and forth between Charlotte and Auburn University, where he has been taking classes, for the first few weeks of the Panthers’ offseason program.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The team has signed veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace. He is expected to compete with Luke McCown for the backup job behind Drew Brees. I still wouldn’t be surprised if the Saints add a young, developmental quarterback at some point.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Amid reports that the New York Jets have hit the “pause button’’ on a potential trade for cornerback Darrelle Revis, coach Greg Schiano would only say the Bucs always are looking for ways to improve their team. Schiano can’t talk about players currently under contract with other teams. But I’m pretty sure the Bucs remain very interested in Revis. I also think the Jets are simply negotiating to try to get the best deal possible and I think the Bucs are taking a similar approach. Stay tuned because I think this one is far from over.