Black and Blue all over: Cromartie deal?

At the very least, it appears Detroit has had substantive discussions about acquiring San Diego cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Cromartie could be a Lion "soon." Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press also reported there have been discussions. Despite a negative recent arc in his career, I don't think there's any question Cromartie would help address the Lions' glaring need for playmaking ability against the pass.

Cromartie has 15 interceptions over the past three seasons, although 10 came in 2007. He has dealt with a series of off-field distractions since then, and you always have to wonder why a team would be willing to trade a player who can be an elite cover cornerback when he's playing to his capabilities.

I'm not sure what the Lions would have to give up to acquire him, but this type of trade could help speed up the process of filling their defensive holes. If the price is a fourth-round pick or lower, I would jump on it.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com doesn't think the Cromartie deal would make sense because Lions cornerbacks are expected to support the run and provide containment, two weak areas of Cromartie's game.

  • There should be no surprise here, but Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said during the scouting combine that tight end Jermichael Finley would supplant Donald Lee as the primary starter. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.

  • The agent for Packers safety Nick Collins, a pending restricted free agent, is "optimistic" he can strike a long-term deal with the team. McGinn has more in the Journal Sentinel.

  • McCarthy is planning to go through the season's defensive film with coordinator Dom Capers this week to begin addressing the Packers' shortcomings against the pass, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

  • Chicago is going to take cornerback Nate Vasher to training camp, despite rumors that he could be released. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times has more.

  • The Bears are likely to move Danieal Manning to strong safety, according to the Chicago Tribune.

  • New Bears coordinator Rod Marinelli on his relative inexperience in calling defensive signals: "For me, it's just football." The Tribune has more here.

  • Minnesota agreed to terms with receiver Greg Lewis on a one-year contract, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. Lewis was a pending unrestricted free agent.

  • There will be a pre-trial settlement conference Monday in the Williams Wall/StarCaps case, according to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. If there is no settlement, Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams have waived their right to a jury trial, meaning it will be decided by a judge.