Participation in organized team activities are voluntary, and players miss them for all sorts of reasons. Most of them don't matter unless they're tied to a specific contractual issue.
That's the only reason we're noting the missing trio of starters in Green Bay. Neither defensive end Johnny Jolly, safety Atari Bigby nor cornerback Tramon Williams participated in the Packers' first practice of the spring Tuesday. All three are restricted free agents who have yet to sign their tenders, as Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com reports.
But even this story has limited legs. The players can't move to another team unless they're traded. They have to sign their tenders by June 15 or face a possible reduction in their proposed 2010 salary.
For me, the most interesting development will be whether rookie safety Morgan Burnett will take advantage of the situation this spring to put himself in a legitimate competition with Bigby for a starting job once training camp arrives.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Minnesota Vikings have expressed interest in veteran free-agent guard Chester Pitts, notes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
The state legislator who sponsored the Vikings' stadium bill has some advice for how to proceed next year, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh matched up on starting right guard Stephen Peterman during Tuesday's OTA, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Lions running back Kevin Smith broke the ice with his likely successor, rookie Jahvid Best. Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News has more.
The Chicago Bears signed rookie cornerback Joshua Moore, the second of their five draft choices to complete contract negotiations.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com thinks the Bears will pursue a veteran guard "if the right one becomes available."