We're Black and Blue All Over:
We've seen more denials of interest in St. Louis Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe than actual clues of attention, leaving us to wonder about the likelihood of Atogwe fulfilling our dreams and landing in the NFC North.
The Minnesota Vikings aren't interested and won't be pursuing him, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. The Detroit Lions, meanwhile, seem iffy at best. Here is analysis from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press and John Niyo of the Detroit News. A key thought from Niyo: "But even in a year with no salary cap, many teams -- including the Lions -- already have spent most of their budget."
We'll keep monitoring it, but to this point: No dice.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Vikings coach Brad Childress defended the state of his offensive line, writes Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
It appears that the legal case of Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly is going to go worse than originally thought, writes Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Prosecutors in Houston intend to present evidence that Jolly not only possessed more than 200 grams of codeine, but that he was an active participant in the drug trade from approximately 2006 through May of 2008 during his upcoming trial."
Veteran cornerback Charles Woodson is not participating in organized team activities, notes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "Brady Poppinga was on top of his conversational game Wednesday. In the span of five minutes, he delivered a Biblical reference, drew a bizarre evolution metaphor involving some sort of pterodactyl, slipped into his professional wrestler shtick and used the word 'dude' at least three times. The Green Bay Packers can only hope that the veteran linebacker gets after quarterbacks the way he was attacking the English language."
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times takes a look at the Chicago Bears' history of signing draft choices early.
Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune on the Bears' OTA practice Wednesday: "So much talk has focused on the tight end's diminished role in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's complex scheme, but Wednesday's practice dispelled that theory, at least for a day. [Jay] Cutler's primary targets the entire session were [Desmond] Clark and Greg Olsen, while practice ended with backup Caleb Hanie hitting tight end Kellen Davis over the middle."
Detroit Lions defensive end Jason Hunter might get squeezed by the Lions' talent influx at his position, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.