NFC South: Phil Galiano

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers said Thursday that they have completed their coaching staff by announcing several hirings.

Bob Ligashesky will be the special teams coordinator. Phil Galiano is the assistant special teams coach. Jay Butler is the strength and conditioning coach. Joe Vaughn will be the assistant strength and conditioning coach. Kevin MacConnell will be the director of football operations.

Ligashesky has served as a tight ends or special teams coach for the Jaguars, Steelers, Rams, Raiders and also has an extensive college background.

Galiano, Butler and MacConnell all previously worked for new Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers. Vaughn most recently was assistant strength coach at the University of Kansas.

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Atlanta Falcons

Defensive end Kroy Biermann is poised to sign a contract extension with the Falcons within the next 36 hours, reports D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Should the Falcons make a play for Saints Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks? FoxSports.com's John Manasso makes the case.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers had only one player among Pro Football Weekly's top-100 free agents -- Jeremy Shockey at No. 92.

New Orleans Saints

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic look ahead to the Saints' offseason -- should New Orleans be concerned about Drew Brees' contract status?

Brees should be the highest-paid player in the NFL, writes Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune.

The Saints restructured Will Smith's contract to create more room under the salary cap -- and they may not stop with Smith. Duncan has the cap figures for the Saints' 53 players under contract for the 2012 season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

For the Bucs, free agency isn't just about adding starters -- the Bucs could use more depth at defensive tackle and running back.

Greg Schiano brought in two more assistants from Rutgers -- special-teams coordinator Phil Galiano and graduate assistant Andrew Janocko, who will become the Buccaneers' offensive quality control coach . Schiano now has taken six Rutgers assistants with him to Tampa Bay.

The Bucs also added Ben McDaniels, the brother of the Patriots' Josh McDaniels, to be an offensive assistant.

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