Black and Blue all over: Bush and T. Williams
It will be interesting to see how Green Bay's decision to retain defensive back Jarrett Bush will impact its situation with cornerback Tramon Williams.
Bush now has a three-year contract worth $4.5 million, including a $1 million signing bonus and a $1 million base salary in 2009, after the Packers matched the offer sheet he signed with Tennessee as a restricted free agent. Williams is an exclusive-rights free agent, meaning he doesn't yet have the right to seek offers from other teams. But he was ahead of Bush on the Packers' depth chart last season and could be a rising star at the cornerback position.
Williams has been offered an exclusive-rights tender worth $460,000, but there have been reports indicating he will look for a longer, more lucrative contract. Will he be more likely to seek that deal and/or hold out after seeing Bush -- who has been primarily a special teams player in his career -- cash in?
It will be an interesting dynamic to follow as the Packers' offseason strength and conditioning program gets underway.
Continuing around the NFC North on a Tuesday morning:
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune lays out the reasons why the Bears should pursue Denver quarterback Jay Cutler. The highlight: "To sit idly by after Cutler officially has requested a trade from the Broncos would be professional negligence by the Bears. One day Kyle Orton still can develop into a solid NFL quarterback. Cutler already is."
- The Bears are expected to hold a private workout for North Carolina receiver Hakeem Nicks, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Bears receiver Devin Hester speaks with Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune about being the Bears' No. 1 receiver.
- Free-agent tight end L.J. Smith remains a possibility to sign with Detroit, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
- Former Minnesota safety Darren Sharper could sign soon with New Orleans, according to Brian Allee-Walsh of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.