We're Black and Blue All Over:
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith insisted last week that he was confident in the current configuration of his offensive line, and the team's approach to free agency continues to illustration his position.
While upgrading numerous other positions, the Bears have largely stood pat along the offensive line and kicked the tires only on veterans who don't necessarily project as starters. Former Minnesota Vikings guard Anthony Herrera visited early in free agency, and ESPNChicago.com colleague Jeff Dickerson reports the Bears have interest in former Cleveland Browns center Eric Steinbach.
Steinbach missed all of the 2011 season because of a back injury and just turned 32. It's possible he will continue rehabilitating his back before taking any visits and/or signing with a team.
Continuing around the NFC North:
New Bears receiver Brandon Marshall could help limit quarterback Jay Cutler's interceptions, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
It appears that defensive lineman Amobi Okoye won't re-sign with the Bears, according to Brad Biggs of the Tribune.
This Detroit Free Press story includes video of Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure's most recent marijuana citation.
Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com on the Lions' recent spate of marijuana incidents: "[S]tupid actions don't necessarily mean a person is stupid. Sometimes, people just make knuckleheaded decisions."
Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel checks in on Wisconsin center Peter Konz, a possible Green Bay Packers draft pick.
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette looks at the Packers' likely need for a safety in the draft.
Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune projects a "small boost" to the Minnesota Vikings from free-agent cornerback Chris Carr.
Doug Belden of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on the Vikings' stadium bill: "The bill is making progress in the House, has not been scheduled for a second hearing in the Senate and faces long odds of passing this session."