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Best Match: NFC North

3/2/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
As we look ahead following a wild opening weekend of the NFL's free agent market, the ESPN blog network will take a look at what's next. Let's have some fun and try matching a remaining player with an NFC North team:

St. Clair

Chicago Bears

It won't sound exciting to many Bears fans, but offensive lineman John St. Clair looks like a pretty important figure right now. The signing of free agent tackle/guard Frank Omiyale gives the Bears some flexibility, but there is still no obvious successor to retiring right tackle John Tait.

St. Clair is an ideal short-term fit for that role, much as he was in 2008 at left tackle. He hasn't attracted a ton of interest from other teams, and it is in both sides' interest to find a common ground.

Carr

Detroit Lions

Kick returner/cornerback Chris Carr left Detroit on Monday without agreeing to a contract, but the Lions would be well-advised to continue their pursuit.

It's been a long time since the Lions have had a consistent returner, and they could use more depth in their defensive backfield even after acquiring Anthony Henry and Eric King over the weekend. This makes Carr a real value.

Olshansky

Green Bay Packers

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has reported the Packers might target San Diego's Igor Olshansky, who would give them another option at defensive end as they convert to a 3-4 defense.

Olshansky isn't exactly a household name, but the Packers don't have a proven pass rusher at this point to play either end position.

Minnesota Vikings

Ok, let's have some real fun.

Cutler Denver quarterback Jay Cutler isn't a free agent, and it's hard to believe the Broncos will part ways with him when they don't have another option at the position. But even after acquiring Sage Rosenfels from Houston, the Vikings should do everything in their power to find out if they can pry Cutler away from Denver. He's proven he can run a West Coast offense and would be dynamic in an offense that includes tailback Adrian Peterson and receiver Bernard Berrian.