NFC South Morning Jog: Has Jonathan Vilma Played His Last Down for New Orleans?

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterJuly 11, 2012

One columnist thinks Jonathan Vilma will never return to the Saints.
One columnist thinks Jonathan Vilma will never return to the Saints.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Each morning, I like to start the day off with a workout—usually a morning jog. I can clear my head, plan my day, and think about what’s going on around the NFC South.

New Orleans Saints

There's a report out that states that Drew Brees is starting to play hardball. The report said Brees told the Saints "no long-term deal, no training camp." [Times-Picayune]

Malcolm Jenkins comes in at No. 15 on this Times-Picayune top 25 list.

Mike Florio talks about Drew Brees and the franchise tag implications. [NBC Sports] [Video]

My good buddy Larry Holder from CBS Sports said in this WWLTV video that linebacker Jonathan Vilma "won't play a down for the Saints ever again."


Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Field Report lists kicker Matt Bryant as the No. 18 player on its power ranking of Atlanta's roster.

Sean Weatherspoon took Solomon Wilcots of the NFL Network on an inside tour of the Falcons' team facility. [Video]


Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers will report to training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. on July 27. The rookies have to show up early, on July 16. [Charlotte Observer]


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

An article and video asks which wide receiver is better: Brandon Marshall or Vincent Jackson?

Rick Stroud doesn't expect the Buccaneers to rush to judgement on arrested cornerback Eric Wright. [Tampa Bay Times]


NFC South

ESPN handed out offseason grades to the NFC South. The Buccaneers led the way with a 'B+,' Carolina got a 'C+,' Atlanta got a 'C,' and New Orleans a 'C-.'