We're Black and Blue All Over:
We've noted on a number of occasions that Brett Favre's next step in (actual) retirement is to reconcile with the team he played most of his career with. Favre reiterated Wednesday that he is "done with football," but Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy said it will be a few years before any retirement ceremony is scheduled.
Murphy, via Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "Eventually, he'll come back into the fold. We are going to retire his number. He deserves that for what he did as a Packer. ... There are very few players in our history that had their number retired. He deserves it though. But it's a very, very meaningful honor and we want to do it at a time when it's meaningful for both him and the organization. I think it's probably going to be a few years. We want to make sure that he's really retired first. We made that mistake when he first retired after the 2007 season. ..."
For the first time, I have my doubts about whether Favre will ever play again. But the Packers have no choice but to wait until there is no doubt whatsoever.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop hasn't allowed himself any time to marvel over his career season, Copeland writes.
The Minnesota Vikings' $407 million contribution to a stadium proposal in Arden Hills, Minn., includes presumed money from the NFL, the sale of private seat licenses and other private revenues raised in the project. The Star Tribune has more.
St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman, an important figure in the stadium plan, has yet to weigh in publicly, notes the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is working out in Houston with quarterback Vince Young, notes NFL.com.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Andre Fluellen is thrilled that the team drafted defensive tackle Nick Fairley, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune on the Chicago Bears' offseason workouts: "... The Bears quarterbacks and receivers should have been working out together long ago. If they have not been (and I am not completely sure they have not been), it shows a void of leadership on the team."