We're Black and Blue All Over:
Good Monday morning. Hopefully everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. We're pretty much full speed ahead toward the NFL draft, which opens in just 17 days, and have plenty of ground left to cover. But first, let's ease back into the football routine with a tour around the NFC North:
The Chicago Bears lost defensive lineman Amobi Okoye to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night. It's not clear how intensely the Bears pursued him. Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com has more.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune examines whether the Bears' offensive line can improve without changing the personnel.
Dan Pompei of the Tribune runs through the Bears' remaining needs.
The Detroit Lions' offensive line is confident in its future, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Maintaining their level will be the Lions' biggest challenge in 2012, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
The family of former Lions receiver Charles Rogers doesn't want to comment publicly after his most recent legal entanglement. Andy Hoag of Mlive.com has more.
Former Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Blair Kiel has died, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Packers hosted defensive lineman/linebacker Dave Tollefson on a visit, but Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette writes that it's unclear if they made Tollefson an offer before he signed Friday with the Oakland Raiders.
Former Packers offensive linemen Daryn Colledge, Tony Moll and Jason Spitz will soon debut the third vintage of their "Fat Guys" label Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon. Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic brings us up to date on this important story.
The Minnesota state legislature is nearing a session stalemate on a variety of important issues, including the Minnesota Vikings' stadium bill, according to Baird Helgeson of the Star Tribune.
The Vikings are scheduled to meet with Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com.