The 2010 NFL schedule release gobbled up much of our focus on a busy Tuesday afternoon, and we're going to spend a good bit of Wednesday catching up on some news items and analysis that fell through the cracks. We'll start with Chicago's confirmation that Frank Omiyale will move to right tackle after failing last season at left guard.
We've been discussing this pending move for some time, but offensive coordinator Mike Martz made it official on Tuesday. Here's Jeff Dickerson's report over on ESPNChicago.com. Omiyale was a tackle for most of his career in Carolina and never seemed comfortable at left guard last season.
The Bears paid him too much money ($11.5 million over four years) to give up on him after one season. They have a clear opening at right tackle and new offensive line coach Mike Tice should be able to maximize his skills.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Bears coach Lovie Smith did his best to downplay any speculation tight end Greg Olsen will be traded this week, reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Martz on Olsen: "If there's a player that can't fit a system, then something is wrong -- if he's a good player -- with the system." More from Dickerson and ESPNChicago.com.
Minnesota is doing its best to hide its draft intentions, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
Scott Studwell, the Vikings' director of college scouting, is not a fan of the draft's new three-day format. As Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com points out, Studwell referred to it as a "three-ring circus."
Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe won't mind if quarterback Brett Favre skips training camp, writes Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Shiancoe: "You already know how Brett does. It's Favre-a-palooza. A 40-something-year-old guy, me personally, in my opinion, camp for a 40-year-old guy? It might be unnecessary."
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford participated in Tuesday's organized team activity but is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Free Press on the Albert Haynesworth situation: "But if the Lions are torn between taking a defensive tackle or offensive tackle up high -- and if they can snag Haynesworth for a mid-round pick when much of his free-agent contract has been paid -- maybe they would make a deal."
Lions coach Jim Schwartz on linebacker Zack Follett: "I say this a bunch of times about Zack, but let's not put him in the Hall of Fame yet. I know he's a very popular player and I know there are reasons for that. It's because he's tough and instinctive and people like the way he plays. But he's got a long ways to go.'' Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com has more.
A number of the players Green Bay brought in for pre-draft visits have return ability, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The dynamic is illustrative of one of the Packers' 2010 priorities.
The Packers have a better chance of a strong start in 2010 because of their schedule, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The two dates on the 2010 schedule that mattered to most Packers fans, according to Jason Wilde of ESPMMilwaukee.com, were the two Vikings games.