This is the April 27, 2013 news archive. View today's NFC North rumors and news.

NFC North News and Rumors

Draft dries up Bradshaw’s current options

Draft dries up Bradshaw’s current options

profootballtalk.com Updated Apr 27, 2013
On Friday, free-agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw received full clearance to resume football activities. On Friday and Saturday, all teams that had interest in Bradshaw filled their needs via draft picks. The interested teams were the Steelers, Packers,…
Share Tweet
  • Vikings select Penn State LBs Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti

    Vikings select Penn State LBs Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti

    profootballtalk.com Apr 27, 2013
    The Vikings aren’t the first team to turn to Penn State for help at linebacker. And on the final day of the 2013 NFL Draft, Minnesota added a pair of Nittany Lions to its LB depth chart, choosing Gerald Hodges in Round Four and Michael Mauti in Round Se
    Share Tweet
  • NFC North draft analysis

    NFC North draft analysis

    ESPN.com Apr 27, 2013
    How top-heavy was the 2013 draft in the NFC North? We welcomed more players in the first round (six) than in the second and third rounds combined (four), the result of two big trades. With the 2013 affair basically in the books, let's take a closer look…
    Share Tweet
  • Green Bay Packers take running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan F…

    Green Bay Packers take running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, will they be more balanced?

    The Green Bay Packers are a passing team, and a very successful one. They have won 36 regular season games, two division titles and a Super Bowl the last three years with almost nothing out of the running game. The NFL is a passing league, and only the …
    Share Tweet
  • A new punter for the Lions, too

    A new punter for the Lions, too

    ESPN.com Apr 27, 2013
    It appears that two NFC North teams will have highly-regarded rookie punters in 2013. We noted earlier that the Minnesota Vikings drafted UCLA's Jeff Locke with the No. 155 overall pick Saturday afternoon, a move that will probably prompt the release of…
    Share Tweet
  • Chris Kluwe “looking forward” to Vikings’ punter competition

    Chris Kluwe “looking forward” to Vikings’ punter competition

    The Vikings added competition for punter Chris Kluwe in Round Five, selecting UCLA’s Jeff Locke with the No. 155 pick. Locke averaged 43.3 yards on 77 punts in 2012, forcing 36 fair catches and having 34 attempts downed inside the opposition’s 20-yard
    Share Tweet
  • Report: James Starks on the trade block

    Report: James Starks on the trade block

    profootballtalk.com Apr 27, 2013
    The Packers have added a pair of running backs in the draft and that may mean that it is time for one of their current backs to find a new place to play. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the Packers “have made it known” that they would lik
    Share Tweet
  • Khaseem Greene: More LBs for Bears

    Khaseem Greene: More LBs for Bears

    ESPN.com Apr 27, 2013
    Khaseem Greene isn't that big at 6-foot and 241 pounds. He doesn't test particularly fast, having run his 40-yard dash in 4.71 seconds. But Greene was an awfully successful and productive playmaking linebacker at Rutgers and appears to be a particularly…
    Share Tweet
  • Report: Packers make linebacker Desmond Bishop available in tra…

    Report: Packers make linebacker Desmond Bishop available in trade

    profootballtalk.com Apr 27, 2013
    Could more changes be coming to the Packers’ linebacking corps? According to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network and NFL.com (via his colleague, Ian Rapoport), the Packers are willing to trade inside linebacker Desmond Bishop. The 28-year-old Bishop notched
    Share Tweet
  • Countdown Live: 2013 NFL draft, Rds. 4-7

    Countdown Live: 2013 NFL draft, Rds. 4-7

    ESPN.com Apr 27, 2013
    Join our ESPN.com NFL experts for Rounds 4-7 of the 2013 NFL draft. Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at noon ET. See you there.
    Share Tweet
  • Crazy as it sounds, Rodgers took less

    Crazy as it sounds, Rodgers took less

    profootballtalk.com Apr 27, 2013
    With the Packers sliding the announcement of the Aaron Rodgers contract extension into the late Friday afternoon pre-round two news dump, the transaction escaped full real-time scrutiny. So here’s a little belated scrutiny. While the deal indeed sounds
    Share Tweet
  • Video - Mike Mayock: Chicago Bears' draft class flying under radar 01:04

    Mike Mayock: Chicago Bears' draft class flying under radar

    Apr 27
    NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock says the Chicago Bears have put together a strong group of rookies through the 2013 NFL Draft.
  • Video - Impact of Senior Bowl on 2013 NFL Draft 05:45

    Impact of Senior Bowl on 2013 NFL Draft

    Apr 27
    NFL Network's draft experts and Stanford coach David Shaw discuss how the Senior Bowl elevated the draft stocks of players taken in the 2013 NFL Draft, including EJ Manuel and Ziggy Ansah.
  • Video - Pair of running backs improve Green Bay Packers run game 01:36

    Pair of running backs improve Green Bay Packers run game

    Apr 27
    NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock discusses the Green Bay Packers' decisions to draft former Alabama and UCLA running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin.
  • Video - Two running backs improve Green Bay Packers' run game 01:36

    Two running backs improve Green Bay Packers' run game

    Apr 27
    NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock discusses the Green Bay Packers' decisions to draft running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Barkley pick proof that Kelly's no one-trick pony; more Snaps

    Apr 27
    NEW YORK -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as the eventful final day of the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall finally brought a flurry of quarterback news...
  • 2013 NFL draft -- Draft's winners, losers

    Apr 27
    The San Diego Chargers are the big winners of the 2013 draft, writes John Clayton.
  • 2013 NFL draft - The draft's five best and five worst matches

    Apr 27
    Which players landed in great situations, and which weren't as lucky?
  • Jim Trotter: New Chargers GM Telesco shows backbone with Te'o pick

    Apr 27
    SAN DIEGO -- Chargers owner Dean Spanos hates distractions, and though some might find this hard to believe, he does care about public perception. Like when his football people are considering a potentially controversial decision. In situations like tha…