A Minnesota fan event and other notes
As luck would have it, Minnesota officials long ago scheduled a town-hall style meeting with season-ticket holders for Wednesday night in downtown Minneapolis. Owner Zygi Wilf, vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman and coach Brad Childress are among those scheduled to answer questions at the invite-only event. I imagine the name of a certain quarterback will come up.
The Vikings will stream the event live on their Web site for those interested. Look for an update on the NFC North blog at some point Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. I don't expect the news to necessitate an immediate Twitter tweet, but just in case, make sure you're following us here. And don't forget about our full-force Facebook page, which uses our Tweets as status updates.
Until then, let's get updated on Wednesday's organized team activities in Green Bay and Chicago, both of which were open to the media.
In Chicago, general manager Jerry Angelo was asked to name some players who stood out during the OTA season. I don't think it's a surprise that the first three he named were all receivers: Earl Bennett, Johnny Knox and Juaquin Iglesias.
The Bears have consistently expressed confidence in entering training camp with a young and mostly unproven receiving corps. But if they ultimately decide to pursue free agent Plaxico Burress, as ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson believes they will, Angelo will want to have maximum contract leverage. That means boasting about his current depth. Classic stuff.
Here is ESPN reporter George Smith's take on the situation.
In Green Bay, safety Nick Collins has begun attending OTAs after sitting out most of the offseason program. (His father passed away last month and he is also hoping to jump-start negotiations on a new contract.) Based on these reports from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Green Bay Press-Gazette, Collins spent most of his time with the injury rehabilitation group. If we get any clarity on Collins' situation, we'll pass it along promptly.