NFC South Notes: Haralson, Saints, Panthers

The Saints are starting to work on their free agents but there’s nothing new regarding linebacker Parys Haralson yet, according to Katherine Terrell of The Times-Picayune (on Twitter). The 31-year-old played in all 16 games in 2014 and made 12 starts. He registered 36 total tackles, 3.0 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery on the year. More from the NFC South..

  • Renee Benson testified Wednesday that her stepmother has kept her from seeing her father, Saints owner Tom Benson, Katherine Sayre of The Times-Picayune writes. Renee, Rita and Ryan Benson are waging a legal fight to have Tom Benson declared incompetent to manage his sports empire and other wealth. Last month, the 87-year-old announced that he intends to leave full ownership and control of the Saints (and the NBA’s Pelicans) to wife Gayle Benson rather than the three previous heirs.
  • Assistant wide receivers coach Carter Sheridan officially left the Saints to become the receivers coach at Tulane, Mike Triplett of writes. Sheridan was with the Saints organization for eleven years, starting out as an intern in the marketing department in 2004 before he made the transition to the coaching staff.
  • The Panthers promoted assistant Bruce DeHaven to the position of special teams coordinator and he’ll have his work cut out for him. If DeHaven and the Panthers are serious about improving in the third facet of the game, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer says they need to start by adding a veteran returner since they never properly replaced Ted Ginn last year. GM Dave Gettleman said last month he was considering bringing in players to play exclusively on special teams and Person supports that idea. The Panthers finished at or near the bottom in a number of key special teams categories under Richard Rodgers, who was moved to the defensive staff.
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