We're Black and Blue All Over:
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Good morning from the ESPN mother ship, where I've made a quick trip to hold highly secretive talks with very important people about the future of the (blogging) universe. I won't be in position to post for most of Wednesday and part of Thursday, but I'll check in this evening and resume normal operations Thursday afternoon.
Don't fret, however. I've got an award-winning set of Draft Minute videos set to publish throughout the day. There could be some other goodies as well, depending on news.
For now, let's round up local coverage in the NFC North:
The Minnesota Vikings began their annual "Top 30" event Monday at their Winter Park practice facility, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. Among the draft-eligible players who attended were LSU safety Tyrann Mathieu, Cal receiver Keenan Allen and Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Doug Belden of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "A legislative panel set up to oversee sports facilities met for the first time Tuesday, April 2, but delayed grappling with the major stadium-related concern of the moment: state funding."
Good stuff from the Vikings' website as tailback Adrian Peterson watches a photographer/reporter take a concrete dive.
The Green Bay Packers signed street free agent Loyce Means, notes Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Means last played in the CFL.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "I think we're going to be a very formidable offense again and on defense if we can get healthy and get some of the guys back and going, we're going to be tough to beat."
Rodgers also said that having Evan Dietrich-Smith at center starting the year out "is going to be a big improvement for us," according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Detroit Lions will host free agent defensive tackle C.J. Mosley on a visit this week, notes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com notes that Mosley was the player who put a big hit on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in his rookie season while playing for the Cleveland Browns, injuring Stafford's shoulder one play before a last-second touchdown throw.
Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times has a Q&A with Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey, who said he is "heartbroken" that linebacker Brian Urlacher won't return in 2013.
Bears offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb on his offseason arrest, via ESPNChicago.com: "It has been all cleared up. I'm young, you make some mistakes sometimes. I'm pretty sure [the media] have made some mistakes here and there, so you don't necessarily look down on it, you move forward and look at things in a positive manner. I'm definitely ready to be back here in Chicago and ready to get back to work."
Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton on the team's first day of offseason work without Urlacher, via Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune: "It’s just strange because he was always a guy who treated you with respect. When I first got into the league, he found out what my name was and called me by my name instead of referring to me as a rookie."
Both sides are to blame for the failure to make a deal with Urlacher, writes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.