We're Black and Blue All Over:
Good morning. Over the weekend, you might have seen that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told the Green Bay Press-Gazette he is "not stressing" about upcoming contract negotiations and that he wants to play another eight years in Green Bay. I believe him on both counts.
Rodgers knows that his price tag is only going to go up the longer the Packers wait to address his deal, one that currently underpays him based on the current market but expires after the 2014 season. And there is no evidence that Rodgers is in any way miffed that the Packers haven't done so yet. He appears to understand the reality that the six-year contract he signed in 2008 by definition lowered the Packers' priority to give him a monster deal a few years later.
In the end, as Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette writes, it would make sense for the Packers to address this issue before training camp begins. We will find out in a few months if they agree.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the pros and cons of the Packers bringing back tight end Jermichael Finley.
Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune addresses the latest rumors and innuendo regarding Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin.
The Detroit Lions will look to bring in players with leadership qualities this offseason, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
It's not clear how much the Lions want to bring back defensive end Cliff Avril, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings triggered an escalator in his contract and will earn an additional $1 million in 2013, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com looks at the potential running back market for the Bears.