- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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We're Black and Blue All Over:
Conventional wisdom suggests Monday could be the day the Minnesota Vikings part ways with punter Chris Kluwe.
As we've discussed, the Vikings made UCLA punter Jeff Locke their fifth-round draft pick last month. Teams rarely use draft picks on specialists if they haven't decided to make a change, and Locke went through a three-day minicamp over the weekend with the rest of the Vikings' rookies.
Kluwe has told Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune and others that he is scheduled to meet Monday with general manager Rick Spielman, presumably after the Vikings had seen what they needed to see from Locke in rookie minicamp. The Vikings followed a similar approach when transitioning last year from veteran place-kicker Ryan Longwell to rookie Blair Walsh. Stay tuned.
Let's continue around the NFC North:
Scoggins: "Kluwe’s departure will make the Vikings locker room a lot more dull because he is incredibly intelligent, articulate and passionate about societal issues. He's a fascinating individual in a sport that breeds conformity. The NFL has become so big and so powerful that players often cling to political correctness for fear that a ripple might swell into a tidal wave. Kluwe is that surfer dude on top of the wave, hanging 10 on any issue that stirs his emotion."
Linebacker Gerald Hodges said he didn't come to the Vikings to be a backup. More from Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN.com.
Duron Carter, the son of Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter, was "nervous" on the opening day of Vikings rookie minicamp, according to Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Carter was among 34 players trying out for a roster spot.
Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette profiles Green Bay Packers draft pick Datone Jones, whose mother never wanted him to play football.
The Packers' annual shareholder meeting is scheduled for June 24, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Receiver Myles White, signed by the Packers as a rookie free agent, is fast. Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explains.
Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com doesn't think the Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford will reach a contract agreement this offseason.
There are still questions about the protection Stafford will receive this season, writes Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.
It's pretty evident that Lions rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah is smart, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Chicago Bears director of pro scouting Chris Ballard has departed to join the Kansas City Chiefs' front office, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune examines some of the athletic and physical measurements of the Bears' draft class. Among them: First-round draft pick Kyle Long has 15.8 percent body fat, lowest among all offensive linemen tested at the scouting combine.