Monday evening NFC North notes/Updated
March, 16, 2009
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Catching up on some NFC North odds and ends:
- Green Bay somewhat surprisingly matched the three-year offer sheet that defensive back Jarrett Bush signed Friday with Tennessee. The Packers must pay Bush, primarily a special teams player, $2 million this season under terms reported here by Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. You can only assume the Packers have bigger plans for Bush in 2009.
- Chicago confirmed that linebacker Nick Roach has signed his exclusive rights tender, making him eligible for mini-camp practices that start Tuesday. Roach figures to get plenty of work at outside linebacker with Hunter Hillenmeyer sidelined by injury.
- The Bears will have a number of veterans at mini-camp on a tryout basis, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times. The group includes linebacker Tim McGarigle along with safeties Glenn Earl and Curome Cox. The arrangement allows the players to practice without having a signed contract.
- Detroit signed tight end Will Heller, who spent the past three seasons with Seattle. He has 36 receptions in six NFL seasons. It's not clear how the Heller signing affects the status of free agent L.J. Smith, who reportedly is no longer a candidate to sign with Atlanta. Smith visited the Lions last week
- The Lions released linebacker Anthony Cannon.