NFC North evening roundup
April, 6, 2009
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Let's catch up on a busier-than-expected news day here in the Black and Blue:
- We'll start with Green Bay, where earlier Monday, the Packers re-signed tight end Tory Humphrey and released linebacker Kenny Pettway. Humphrey was scheduled to be a restricted free agent, but the Packers declined to tender him a contract in February. As Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette points out, the maneuver allows the Packers to re-sign Humphrey at a price lower than the minimum offer sheet value of $1.01 million for restricted free agents.
- Minnesota defensive tackle Fred Evans signed his restricted free agent tender, allowing him to participate in the start of the Vikings' offseason strength and conditioning program. The deal will pay Evans $1.545 million in 2009. Evans is a leading candidate to start the first four games of the season if Kevin Williams and/or Pat Williams is forced to serve an NFL suspension.
- Detroit re-signed offensive lineman George Foster and also signed free agent lineman Dylan Gandy. Foster opened last season at right tackle but lost his job to first-round pick Gosder Cherilus. The Lions also hosted free-agent offensive lineman Ephraim Salaam, but Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press suggests nothing will materialize on that front until after the draft. For now, Jeff Backus remains at left tackle.