Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
One of the most consistent questions I've been getting this week, even on our new and wildly successful Facebook page, has been whether Chicago might pursue free-agent receiver Matt Jones.
(Jones was released by Jacksonville after he violated a court-mandated drug program. He was fined but will not be suspended by the NFL.)
Based on the words of general manager Jerry Angelo, I wouldn't expect the Bears to make a quick move. According to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, Angelo sounded pretty neutral on the topic.
"He was a first-round draft pick and he is a very talented player," Angelo said, "but it's case by case. We're not quick to move on any player."
Angelo also said:
"Guys make mistakes, move on and become better people. Some guys have patterns of bad behavior and continue to have those patterns. I'm not saying that about Matt Jones. What I'm saying is we have to do our homework. And then you have to look at what value that person brings to your football team irrelevant of his off-the-field issues."
A more relevant name might be free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress. I'm not saying the Bears are a lock to pursue him, either. But if you're going to take a character risk, you want to have a good chance for a high reward. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times examines the Burress possibility.
Continuing around the NFC North:
As noted, we got great response to the launch of our Facebook page Wednesday. Tell all your friends to click here.
I'm still not sure whether Minnesota defensive tackle Pat Williams was trying to call out quarterback Tarvaris Jackson for his work ethic the other day on Sirius NFL Radio, but Jackson responded to them Wednesday and vowed to "turn it up a notch" in training camp. Here are reports from Dave Campbell of the Associated Press and Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton is scheduled to appear Thursday morning on Twin Cities radio station KFAN-1130, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. Let's see if he tempers his recent comments about retired quarterback Brett Favre.
Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins was among those who did not participate in a voluntary organized team activity on Wednesday, according to Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Collins has missed some of the Packers' offseason program because of what he has termed a family problem.
Beginning in July 2010, smoking will not be permitted anywhere at Lambeau Field, according to Tony Walter of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Terry Foster of the Detroit News updates the condition of Lions director of security Ricky Sandoval, who is still on the job three years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The Lions claimed cornerback Tra Battle off waivers, notes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.