We are deep enough into the NFL off season that I thought I would take some time to review to the off season so far for the NFC North. We begin without hometown Packers.
Green Bay Packers- So far the theme of this off season for the CIA interrogator lookalike Ted Thompson has been re-signing his own players. As usual Thompson laughed as teams like the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles throw stupid money around at player such as Demarco Murray and Ndamukong Suh and instead chose to focus on his own players. Thompson played hardball with Randall Cobb and added an extra year, no extra guaranteed money though, to get Brian Bulaga back in Green Bay under market value. Bulaga was expected to go for 8 million a year; Thompson added an extra year and got him for just under 7 million a year. Randall Cobb looked at his offer from Thompson and chose to take it, rather than take more money somewhere else. Randall Cobb is a perfect example of how Thompson doesn't “negotiate”. Thompson puts a value on every player he has, and when another team offers more money, he simply says to the player that his offer stands and good luck if that player chooses to take another offer. Tramon Williams and Davon House both got offers that exceeded Thompson's value of them, so he let both of them walk. Expect a cornerback to be the high priority this draft for the Packers.
Minnesota Vikings- Oh what an entertaining off season it's been for the Vikings. They traded Matt Cassel for a 5th round draft choice, then turned around and traded that draft choice to the Miami Dolphins for Mike Wallace and 7th round draft choice. The entertaining aspect of this would be that Wallace received an offer from the Vikings, but didn't want to sign there. The Vikings then turned around and released Greg Jennings, a man who wanted to be there. Jennings is interested in a return to Green Bay, but that will never happen so don't worry about it. The Packers have no need for him, no use for him, and no place for him. Then of course there is this never ending Adrian Peterson nonsense. This story deserves its own special post, so I will save that for another day. To sum it up in one sentence, Peterson wants a release, and the Vikings won't release him. They will only let him go via trade and they are asking for high draft choices. In other words, they want him to either play for them or sit out another season.
Chicago Bears- The Bears are up to their usual nonsense. They traded Brandon Marshall to the Jets for a late round draft choice and overpaid for Pernell McPhee. The Bears also committed to another year of Jay “Pick Six” Cutler. There is nothing else to see here that you don't already know. Move along.
Detroit Lions- The Lions have shown us this off season why they are one of those organizations that historically struggles to find their way. They let their two interior defensive linemen walk, Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, but that is understandable. Fairley is a huge risk for the Rams, who signed him to a one year, five million dollar contract, because of his character issues and lack of commitment. The Dolphins overpaid for Suh, end of story. That was okay. Then the Lions panicked and realized they were letting two “names” go. So they traded two mid round draft choices to the Ravens for aging star Haloti Ngata of the Ravens. This was a dumb move, as it cost them two draft choices, which are important for keeping your team stacked with cheap, inexpensive players.