We're Black and Blue All Over:
PHOENIX -- And just like that, we've hit the final day of the NFL owners meeting. It'll be a busy one for us in the NFC North, beginning with an early-morning breakfast (at least in the Mountain Time Zone) that includes all four of our coaches and continuing with votes on several important rule-change proposals.
The coaches' breakfast should conclude at about 11:15 a.m. ET and I'll start blogging as quickly as I can after that. My initial plan is to prioritize Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman and Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz after spending a fair amount of time blogging earlier this week on the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. We'll see how it works out.
For now, our morning tour:
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines the issues involved in the Packers' upcoming contract negotiations with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy bristles when asked if his team is tough enough. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette addresses the question.
One indicator, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com, was that the Packers forced only eight fumbles last season.
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman recently traveled to London to inspect football operations aspects of the team's upcoming regular-season game there, notes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.
What does it mean that Vikings receiver Greg Jennings is a great "route-runner?" Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com explains.
Lions president Tom Lewand is not concerned about the team having long-range salary-cap problems, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com. Lewand: "We always have a plan for our cap."
The Lions haven't gotten far in contract negotiations with free-agent place-kicker Jason Hanson, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press: "If you're forced to fill three interior line holes with inexperience, you had better fill one with either Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan's Eric Fisher, the top-graded left tackles in the draft pool."
About 40 percent of the Bears' starting lineup will be made up of players signed from other teams. Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune explains why.
There are plenty of free agents left for the Bears to sign, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Former Bears cornerback D.J. Moore signed with the Carolina Panthers, notes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.