We're Black and Blue All Over:
The Chicago Bears have bid farewell to their former nickelback, D.J. Moore, whom they apparently won't re-sign as a free agent. Now, the player who took over that position last season is expected to test his value in free agency before making a decision on his 2013 team.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com reports the Bears want to re-sign cornerback Kelvin Hayden, a pending free agent. But Hayden, Dickerson reports, "is expected to explore other options in free agency before coming to any final decision, according to a league source."
If Hayden signs elsewhere, the Bears would have to acquire a nickelback during the offseason. Cornerback Zack Bowman is also a pending free agent.
Continuing around the NFC North:
A new contract for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler should be low on the team's priority list, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
From Tuesday: The Bears could be interested in Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook, a pending free agent. More from Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Punter Blake Clingan, whom the Detroit Lions signed Tuesday, paid his own way to a workout with the team. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press explains.
Justin Rogers of Mlive.com takes a look at free-agent linebackers from the Lions' perspective.
Pending free-agent running back Steven Jackson got Green Bay Packers fans excited Tuesday by announcing he would be in town, but as Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, the promotional visit was canceled and was not related to free agency anyway.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "The question is not if, but when the Green Bay Packers will give quarterback Aaron Rodgers a lucrative new contract."
After releasing receiver Michael Jenkins this week, the Minnesota Vikings have only three receivers with NFL experience on their roster, notes the Associated Press.