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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
NFC South afternoon update

By Pat Yasinskas

It's been a fairly quiet news day in the NFC South. But there were a few odds and ends, so let's take a run around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority board voted to approve the hiring of a Kansas City-based firm to design the new retractable-roof stadium that’s expected to open in 2017.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Bryan Strickland has a breakdown of how Carolina’s draft picks should fit in. A lot of people are wondering why the Panthers used their first two draft picks on defensive tackles. Strickland explains that first-round choice Star Lotulelei is a traditional run stuffer and second-round pick Kawann Short has interior pass-rush skills. The Panthers envision this tandem together for the long run. But Short probably will start off sharing time with Dwan Edwards who is nearing the end of his career.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Nakia Hogan points out the Saints saved a little over $2 million in cap space by trading running back Chris Ivory to the New York Jets. The Saints now have a little over $3 million in cap space and they’ll need that eventually to sign their draft picks. If they plan to make any more significant moves in free agency, they’ll have to restructure contracts of release players.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

The Bucs announced they’ll have a news conference related to this year’s Ring of Honor on Thursday. There are no firm rules about how many inductees there can be in a given year. But there’s been only one inductee per year in the past. If I had to guess on just one honoree for this year, I’d say Warren Sapp because it would go nicely with his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.