NFC North News and Rumors
deadspin.com Updated May 22 (yesterday)
Thanks to new rules instituted after HBO and the NFL had difficulty finding a team to appear on Hard Knocks, the league can now force teams to take part if they meet certain criteria. Nine teams fit the bill: The Browns, Redskins, Giants, Buccaneers, Vi…Share Tweet
profootballtalk.com 5 hours agoIn 1998, then-Vikings rookie Randy Moss made good on his vow to rip up the league. Along the way, he befriended a toddler named Kassi Spier. Kassi fought leukemia as a four-year-old in 2000. In 2004, her father died in a car accident. In 2013, Kassi lea…Share Tweet
Michael Bennett: Playing for Pete Carroll is like playing for Willy Wonkaprofootballtalk.com May 22 (yesterday)We have a feeling that Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a pretty popular movie in the house when Martellus and Michael Bennett were growing up. A couple of years ago, Martellus said that then-Bears coach Marc Trestman reminded him of Willy Wonk…Share TweetBud Grant might be old school, and he might be old, but he’s certainly got the hang of this social media thing. Specifically, the former Vikings coach has learned how to troll folks on Twitter. While promoting his latest garage sale, Grant sent out of p…Share Tweet
Zimmer says he has an idea when Peterson will show upVikings running back Adrian Peterson still hasn’t participated in any offseason work, but coach Mike Zimmer thinks he has an idea when Peterson will show up. Zimmer declined to give a specific date he’s expecting to see Peterson, but he told 1500 ESPN t…Share Tweet
Packers sign rookie cornerback Travis ManningThe Packers have added a little more cornerback depth in advance of next week’s OTAs, signing undrafted rookie Travis Manning, the club said Thursday. The 24-year-old Manning intercepted 10 passes over four seasons at Division II Northwest Missouri Stat…Share TweetESPN.com May 21 (yesterday)Green Bay Packers rank 127th in ESPN salary surveyShare TweetThe Vikings got good immediate returns on their decision to draft kicker Blair Walsh in the sixth round of the 2012 draft when Walsh went on to make the Pro Bowl after hitting on 35-of-38 field goals. Walsh made all 10 of his tries from 50 yards or beyo…Share Tweet
Teddy Bridgewater: I want to be like Brett FavreThere are high hopes for Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater heading into his second NFL season and Bridgewater has some high hopes of his own when it comes to the quarterback whose career he’d like to emulate over the coming years. Bridgewater was as…Share Tweet
Mason Crosby: Packers will 'overwhelm' foes on special teamsESPN.com May 21 (2 days ago)Mason Crosby: Packers will 'overwhelm' foes on special teamsShare Tweet
Brett Favre: Lambeau return for Bears game is “right fit”The Packers will welcome Brett Favre back to Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving night to unveil his retired jersey when they face the Bears, something that suits their former quarterback just fine. Favre faced the Bears 32 times as a starter for the Packers …Share TweetThe Chargers have added one quarterback and waived another, signing second-year pro Chase Rettig and parting ways with rookie Cole Stoudt, the club said Wednesday. The 23-year-old Rettig spent training camp and most of the preseason with the Packers in …Share Tweet
Packers sign Ty Montgomery, have just one unsigned pickAnd another team moves another step closer to having business taken care of before Memorial Day. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, the Packers have signed third-round pick Ty Montgomery, a wide receiver from Stanford. The Packers themselves describ…Share TweetESPN.com May 20 (3 days ago)NFL Nation TV catches up with Hall of Famer Jim KellyShare Tweet
Green Bay’s the land of opportunity for undrafted rookiesprofootballtalk.com May 18 (5 days ago)The Packers have the luxury of a great quarterback, and a stable roster with a number of well-paid stars. But they still have a salary cap, and that means saving elsewhere. According to Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com, the Packers are able to balance t…Share Tweet
Mike Zimmer: I’m a big fan of Cordarrelle Pattersonprofootballtalk.com May 18 (5 days ago)Earlier this offseason, Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said that 2015 was going to “make me or break me” as an NFL player and that he was working to make sure it was the former result. Patterson said that he was devoting more of his energie…Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com May 17 (6 days ago)Receiver Josh Morgan was one of several veterans to get a tryout this weekend with the Saints. And he sufficiently impressed the powers-that-be to get a roster spot. Per a league source, the Saints have signed Morgan. The 29-year-old spent 2014 with the…Share Tweet
Lions' Ziggy Ansah helps kids go to a Detroit Tigers gameESPN.com May 16 (7 days ago)Lions' Ziggy Ansah helps kids go to a Detroit Tigers gameShare Tweet
Vikings kicking in more cash for stadiumprofootballtalk.com May 16Like the new stadium in Atlanta, the new stadium in Minnesota keeps going more and more over budget. Unlike the new stadium in Atlanta, the new stadium in Minnesota is increasing in cost not by hundreds of millions of dollars but only by tens of million…Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com May 16In the case of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the federal lawsuit against the league came after arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Peterson’s suspension. In the case of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, expect the lawsuit to come before Commissione…Share Tweet
Stafford says Lions’ line is better than before, “like night and day”The Lions added three offensive linemen during the NFL draft, and Matthew Stafford couldn’t be happier. After Detroit used its first-round pick on guard Laken Tomlinson, acquired guard Manny Ramirez in a trade with the Broncos and then spent its seventh…Share TweetNew Bears General Manager Ryan Pace continues to build his own scouting department, after finishing up his first draft. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bears are hiring Ravens national scout Joe Douglas as their college scouting director. They’v…Share Tweet
Bears bring in more former Broncos, this time to personnel jobThe Bears have gone back to the Denver pipeline for more help. According to Mike Klis of KUSA, the Bears have hired Broncos personnel man Anthony Kelly to become their new director of pro personnel. Kelly had been with the Broncos since 2007, and follow…Share Tweet
Bush looking forward to 'fresh start' with 49ersMay 21ESPN 49ers reporter Paul Gutierrez discusses running back Reggie Bush's desire to contribute in San Francisco, which was evident when he fielded punts during OTAs -- something he hasn't done in a game since 2011.
Union seeks contempt ruling in Peterson caseMay 19Chris Mortensen discusses the players' union asking a federal court to hold the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell in contempt in the Adrian Peterson case.
Packers may buck trend with two fullbacksMay 18ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky discusses a strange twist in the Packers' backfield.
Eddie Lacy's tricycle adventuresMay 16Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy leads "Walk With Me," an event held Saturday to raise funds for Next Door Milwaukee, an organization that focuses on providing young children a healthy lifestyle.
J.J. Watt's bruise continues storied tradition of athletes playing through…May 21The photo of J.J. Watt's bruise is nasty, but imagine playing with torn knee ligaments or a tooth stuck in your arm. Jeffri Chadiha recounts some memorable moments of athletes ignoring injuries.
What About Frank Clark?May 20What About Frank Clark?
Don’t Grow Attached to the NFL’s New PAT RuleMay 20When the time came at the league meetings in San Francisco to discuss changing the extra point, there wasn’t much debate. Insiders say the discussion lasted less than a half hour. In the end the owners were ready for a change in the way the NFL treats t…
Fixing the Most Boring Play in All of SportsMay 19In 1912, eight years before the birth of the professional football association now known as the National Football League, the system of scoring that would serve the pro game was adopted. The touchdown was changed from five to six points, a two-point saf…