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Fleur-de-Links: Tuesday, February 27

NFL Scouting Combine week is upon us.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons defense at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons defense at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams is using his embarrassing season-ending missed tackle as inspiration to get swole, the Jacksonville Jaguars released Chris Ivory, and the NFL competition committee is discussing changes to defensive pass-interference penalties. All this and more in today’s Fleur-de-Links:


Around the NFC South

What you need to know about Drew Brees' upcoming contract negotiations |
March 14 is the most important deadline for the Saints.

After major changes in the slot last season, Saints could look to add a playmaker to the offense | Saints |
It was easy to see some of the ways the Saints' offense changed last season.

Kenny Vaccaro expected to leave New Orleans in free agency – ProFootballTalk
Kenny Vaccaro "likely is on the way out" of New Orleans when he hits free agency next month, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. That is not a surprise considering Vaccaro has not lived up to the expectations that followed him as the 15th overall pick in 2013.

Tom Benson remains hospitalized, in stable condition – ProFootballTalk
Saints owner Tom Benson remains in the hospital, after he was admitted last week with flu-like symptoms. Via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Benson remains in the intensive care unit at Ochsner Medical Center, but is in stable condition.

Cover 3: What Matters, What Doesn't For Bucs At Scouting Combine | Pewter Report
With the 2018 Scouting Combine now upon us, we dive into what matters and what won't for the Bucs this week.

Marty Hurney says Panthers want to keep Ryan Kalil | Panthers Wire
Marty Hurney says Panthers want to keep center Ryan Kalil.

Marty Hurney: Devin Funchess has “just scratched the surface” – ProFootballTalk
Now that the Panthers have removed the interim tag from Marty Hurney's General Manager title, he can stop worrying about getting the job and focus solely on doing it.

Falcons set to clear space for Ryan’s new deal
It's salary-cap casualty season around the NFL and the Falcons, who are working on an extension for quarterback Matt Ryan, are close to making some moves.

Falcons GM: No Interest in Tevin Coleman Trade, Could Give RB Contract Extension | Bleacher Report
Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team is not interested in trading running back Tevin Coleman during an interview Monday on 92.9 The Game.


Bevell on Baker Mayfield-Russell Wilson Comparison |
Darrell Bevell, the offensive coordinator for the first six seasons of Wilson’s career, broke down three hours of film on Mayfield to see how the QBs are alike, and what the Heisman winner did that will and will not translate to the NFL

Marcus Peters’s volatile demeanor was too much for the Chie |
Kansas City decided it could no longer deal with its Pro Bowl corner, and 28 other teams took a pass on him. Can Peters rebuild his rep with the Rams?

Questions to ask 2018 draft's top QB prospects at NFL Combine -
Is Baker Mayfield a good enough athlete? How is Josh Rosen's medical report? Tom Pelissero talks to NFL talent evaluators about the questions teams will be asking QBs at the combine.

The Jaguars’ Decision to Extend Blake Bortles Isn’t a Joke - The Ringer
In many people’s eyes, Jacksonville’s choice to hand Bortles a three-year extension might seem absurd. Look closer, though, and there’s logic behind the Jags’ move.

NFL could change DPI from spot foul to 15-yard penalty -
The NFL is reportedly looking at implementing a number of rule changes, some expected (clarifying the catch rule) and some not so.