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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Falcons start ball rolling in NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Told you things were going to pick up as today goes along. It has started.

While I was out getting hurricane supplies (Gatorade and food) for a long night in the NFC South Blog bunker, I started getting hit with texts and e-mails from the Falcons and the Buccaneers.

Let’s start with the Falcons because they’ve made the most interesting move so far. They have agreed to a contract extension with cornerback Brian Williams, which prevents him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

This one’s big because it may allow the Falcons to focus entirely on getting a defensive end early in the draft. The Falcons believed they had a solid starting cornerback in Williams last year until he went down with a season-ending injury. Plug him back in with Chris Houston and Brent Grimes and the Falcons suddenly look a lot better in the secondary.

I don’t have any details on Williams’ contract yet, but I’ll see what I can get. In another move, the Falcons announced the retirement of long-snapper Mike Schneck. The 12-year veteran joined the Falcons in 2009.

I’ll be back in a bit with news on the Bucs. Hint: It’s not anything flashy and involves a couple of punters.