Black and Blue all over: More Boldin talk
I weighed in Thursday morning on the unlikely chance that Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin will find his way into the NFC North. Now let's check out a couple of local perspectives.
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune agrees that even if the Bears have interest, they'll have a hard time swinging the deal.
Haugh: "Angelo still has second-round selections in 2009 and 2010 but even if the Bears were willing to package those picks -- an implausible scenario -- other teams who need Boldin as badly, such as the Eagles or Giants, have more draft currency to offer. Early buzz out of the desert is that the Bears haven't been one of the teams considered to be serious suitors of Boldin, according to a league source. They might have interest, but not resources."
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times fielded a reader question about the possibility of the Bears packaging some prominent players for Boldin. Two names mentioned were cornerback Nate Vasher and middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. Biggs notes the Cardinals have little need for either player and adds: "And, when you boil it all down, do the Bears deal Urlacher for a wide receiver who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds? We think not."
Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, on the other hand, believes Boldin would be worth a first- and third-round pick to Minnesota. Most mock drafts suggest the Vikings will take a receiver with the No. 22 overall pick in the draft.
Jensen: "If a team wants a receiver, why gamble on an unproven guy, especially since so many first- and second-round picks at that position have struggled to make the transition to the NFL. Boldin is obviously worth a first-round pick. Is a third-round pick that big a deal?"
Conventional wisdom is Boldin will end up somewhere in the NFC East.
Continuing around the NFC North on a Friday morning:
- Don't lower your expectations if the Bears select a receiver in the second round of the draft, writes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald. LeGere notes that Philadelphia grabbed DeSean Jackson last year at the same spot -- No. 49 overall -- that the Bears will select in.
- Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette looks at the Packers' needs at nose tackle and outside linebacker, two key positions in the 3-4 defense.
- Vicki Vannieuwenhoven, the Packers' vice president of finance, has resigned, according to Richard Ryman of the Press-Gazette. Vannieuwenhoven was the first female vice president in Packers history. Her husband, Lt. Col. Trevor Vannieuwenhoven, is a member of the Wisconsin National Guard and has been deployed to Afghanistan.
- Detroit opens a three-day mandatory minicamp Friday. Coach Jim Schwartz said observers "will be surprised to see [quarterback Daunte Culpepper] physically," according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press. Culpepper has been reported to have lost 30 pounds this offseason.